IPL 2021: Newslaundry alleges breach in MI,CSK and SRH Bio-bubbles
Newslaundry online news website alleges that the breach in Bio-bubbles of SRH,MI&CSK is because of a practice session where family of officials and VIP were allowed to watch.
Amidst serious concerns of players testing positive for COVID-19, the current season of the Indian Premier League was suspended and the authorities mentioned that the season would be continued when things get better which may be after the T20 world cup.
A number of foreign players pulled out of IPL prior to the start of the season citing the safety of IPL Bio-bubbles while suggesting that the facility in UAE last year was better than this time in India. Players pulled out of IPL even after a few days into the start of the tournament all citing the same reason; the vulnerability of the Bio-bubble in India.
Kolkata Knight Riders player Varun Chakravarty was the first one to test positive for Coronavirus, it was said that he caught Covid-19 when he went to the hospital for a shoulder scan, but the blasphemy was soon busted as more players including CSK bowling coach Lakshmipati Balaji and a transport staff tested positive for Coronavirus making it evident that the Bio-bubbles had failed. As of yesterday, Amit Mishra from Delhi Capitals and Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad also tested positive for Covid-19.
Keeping in consideration all the cities IPL matches were held at, the only thing common is the overwhelmed state healthcare system because of the coronavirus second wave where it was difficult to even for VVIP’s to get beds, but as goes the old saying of BCCI ” “You know how rich and powerful the BCCI is” is the common reply from senior officials involved with IPL 2021, noting that they are led by Jay Shah, son of powerful home minister Amit Shah.
According to Newslaundry, a senior Delhi and District cricket association official booked a local club ground for visiting IPL teams to practice despite constant advice by staff that Bio-bubbles were breached. Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Rajasthan Royals were then driven to Roshanara club for practice, although the teams took along their own food and beverages as well as waiters to serve the players, the club’s staff, and relatives of its officials were allowed to watch the practice sessions. A few individuals tried clicking selfies with star Indian players while they were going to use washrooms.
It is now almost clear that this might be the potential reason for the Covid breach into team Bio-bubbles as players were forced to practice under unsafe conditions and people were allowed within close vicinity of players which might have actually infected them resulting in players testing positive.
Andrew Tye, the Australian player publicly questioned: “how Indian companies and franchises are spending so much money, and the government, on the IPL when there are people not being able to get accepted into hospital?”
Despite constant warnings from foreign players the BCCI still continued to organize IPL spending crores of money while the country crippled with the second wave of coronavirus where there was a shortage of beds, shortage of hospital s, shortage of medicine, and shortage of oxygen and foreign aid was required all while BCCI spent crores of money for just one tournament, it is now evident that BCCI indeed is the richest cricket association of the world but it also seems like it is the most insensitive one.