The players, especially foreign cricketers are feeling uneasy after two cases of Kovid-19 were found in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team, but the teams feel that IPL 2021 should continue despite the growing threat of the epidemic.
After KKR’s Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier were found positive, questions are being raised as to how this dangerous virus reached the bio-safe environment (bio bubble) of the world’s largest
‘Half a tournament has been done, it does not make sense to stop’
Due to travel restrictions from India, foreign players were already worried about returning home and now their concern has increased. A franchise official told PTI, “Half the tournament is over. It makes no sense to stop it. This news (positive case in KKR team) has made the work of BCCI (Cricket Board of India) more challenging.
He said, ‘We heard that a player was infected because he was taken out of the bio bubble for a scan. So it happened outside the bio bubble. As far as I know, everyone is following the BCCI protocol completely and there is no violation of that.
‘Tournament must continue’
Another official said the tournament should continue if no other team is affected by the virus. The official said, ‘If you want to stop the tournament, for how long. The only way is to continue the game by isolating positive cases. The players are definitely more worried now but their main concern is how they will return home.
Britain, Australia and New Zealand have banned travelers coming from India and many cricketers from these three countries are playing in the IPL. Three of Australia’s cricketers returned home before the travel ban was imposed.
Two KKR players positive, now what will happen next in IPL?
Another official of one team said, “We should leave the decision to the BCCI to see what is best for all of us.” Giving them many types of opinions will only lead to confusion. ‘