Prakash Padukone unhappy over India Open’s postponement
The former England Champion questioned the infeasibility of tournament over the holding of IPL that too in a place like Mumbai.
India Open 2021 got canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The tournament was to be held on May 11 behind closed doors with players from all around the world participating in it.
However, Prakash Padukone seemed pretty disappointed as he believed that the tournament could have easily been organized without the audience. The former England Champion questioned the infeasibility of the tournament over the holding of IPL that too in a place like Mumbai. He asked why it was not possible to hold a tournament like India Open which involved people on a relatively smaller scale than the Indian Premier League which required people on a larger scale.
The Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand, though found the decision rightful and supported BAI for it. He believed that the India Open Super 500 would have been a big opportunity for Saina, Srikanth, and the pair of Ashwini and Sikki to qualify although it wasn’t the end of the road as they had a few upcoming qualifying tournaments.