Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly opened up on the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, saying it is difficult to say how the novel coronavirus breached the secure IPL bio bubble. Sourav Ganguly revealed that they initially got a report which stated that there was no bubble breach.
“(Premier League) Matches got rescheduled. Because their season is six months long, they can do it. But our season is tight. Since we have to (release) players to their respective countries, rescheduling was very difficult,” Ganguly said.
Earlier on 4 May, the BCCI decided to suspend the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for an indefinite period after four players tested positive for Covid-19. The announcement came after Delhi Capitals’ spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha tested Covid-19 positive. Only 29 matches were played in the 60-match tournament which was scheduled to be played until 30 May in Ahmedabad.
“I don’t think so. The report we got is that there’s no breach of the bubble. How it happened is very difficult to say. How so many people are getting (infected) in the country is also very difficult to say,” Ganguly said in an interview with leading media channel.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shulka on 4 May though clarified that the IPL was not canceled but postponed. However, it remains to be seen if the cricket board can find a window for the T20 league, provided the Covid-19 crisis and the packed cricket calendar.
The former left-handed batsman further said that there were discussions to host the 14th edition of IPL in the UAE but since there were not many cases back then in the country, the BCCI decided to stage it in India.