IPL 2021: There is an unsettling fear amongst the overseas players who are part of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 amid the Covid-19 surge in India. While some have decided to return home, others are keeping a close watch on the situation. There have been calls for postponement and even cancellation of the event, terming it as “inappropriate” in these trying days. In the midst of all the rumours, franchises although a little vary, are ready to travel to Delhi and other cities for their upcoming IPL 2021 fixtures.
Chennai Super Kings(CSK), who thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday to take the top position in IPL 2021 points table, will now begin their second leg in Delhi. CSK will be leaving for Delhi today (Monday).
CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan said: “We haven’t heard anything from BCCI about any cancellation or postponement of IPL yet. There is no tension amongst the CSK players as everybody is in a positive mood. We will leave for Delhi today,” he informed InsideSport.
The national capital is one of the worst-hit states by the second wave of the pandemic. Delhi has recorded 22,933 fresh cases and 350 deaths in the last 24 hours.
“As of now, IPL is going ahead. Obviously, if anyone wants to leave, that’s perfectly fine,” a senior Board official said on conditions of anonymity told PTI.
IPL 2021: DDCA and BCCI all set to host IPL in Delhi
The Arun Jaitley Stadium has been sealed for outsiders amid total lockdown in Delhi. Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) said that the “Game is On” for staging the 2nd leg of IPL starting from April 28 when CSK take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“The Game is On. The 2nd leg of IPL will be held as per schedule in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. The lockdown will actually help us in carrying out our job more smoothly. We are ready to hold the 2nd leg amid tight bubbles. No one need to worry. The cases outside will not affect the players, support staff and IPL will be held smoothly,” a DDCA official told InsideSport.
IPL 2021: More Australians can withdraw from the tournament
The list of players withdrawing from IPL 2021 continues to grow despite a bio-secure bubble. The players are worried about the worsening condition and are nervous about getting locked out in India.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach David Hussey has admitted that players are nervous about getting back to Australia.
Some of them are getting “twitchy,” according to former Australian batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach David Hussey. “Everyone’s sort of a bit nervous about whether they can get back into Australia. I dare say there’ll be a few other Australians a bit nervous about getting back into Australia,” he told Australian paper, The Age.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday announced that Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson will be returning to Australia. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye had also left the tournament mid-way to return home. Tye, Liam Livingston had also returned home, citing bio-bubble fatigue.
Several England and New Zealand players are also competing in the event but haven’t yet spoken about their concerns.
“We continue to monitor and work with the players on an individual basis. Our thoughts are with the people of India during these difficult times,” a spokesperson of the England and Wales Cricket Board told PTI.
The players from New Zealand, including stars such Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, are expected to leave early in any case as they have a Test series against England starting June 2. They will have to head back in the last week of May to be available for it because of quarantine rules.
Amongst Indian players, Ravichandran Ashwin was the first to withdraw from the competition. He said that amid the growing Covid-19 cases, he want to ‘support his family’ and therefore will not be part of this year’s IPL 2021.