Reports: Cricketers had refused to take COVID-19 vaccine before IPL 2021

As per sources, the players were reluctant to take the vaccine.

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Varun Chakravarthy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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In a recent development, it was learned that the cricketers, who were set to take part in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League, were offered the vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. However, if reports are to be believed, a number of cricketers didn’t take the dose. In the end, after 29 matches, the IPL 2021 had to be postponed for an indefinite time period.

Recently, Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Indian cricket team and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, took the vaccine. The 32-year-old also urged the netizens to get vaccinated at the earliest possible time. As per sources, the cricketers reckoned that the bio-secure bubble was a safe haven, but things went array when it was burst.

IPL players reckoned bio-secure bubble was secure enough

“The players were simply reluctant about taking the vaccine when they were offered. It was not their fault, it was more about lack of awareness,” source, privy to the developments was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

“The players felt the bubble they were in was secure enough and there was no need to take the vaccine. The franchises too did not push for it. Then things suddenly spiralled out of control,” the source added.

Smriti Mandhana, the Indian women’s cricketer, also took her dose of vaccination. Back on May 4, the Board of Control for Cricket in India took the decision of postponing the IPL amidst the pandemic. Kolkata Knight Riders turned out to be the most affected among the teams.

After Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive, Prasidh Krishna and Tim Seifert couldn’t evade the wrath of the virus either. From Chennai Super Kings, bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and batting coach Michael Hussey tested positive for the virus. A bus driver from the CSK contingent contracted the virus as well.

Amit Mishra from the Delhi Capitals and Wriddhiman Saha from the Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive as well. In the meantime, the BCCI has been working hard to find a window for the remaining matches.

It also remains to be seen if the IPL gets completed in India. The T20 World Cup is also scheduled to be played in India later this year and doubts over the tournament remain as well.