‘There is no going back now’ – Teams after COVID-19 cases in the IPL 2021 camp
The teams believe that IPL 2021 must go on if the other teams are not affected.
Updated - May 3, 2021 7:11 pm
Despite raging pandemic all across the country, all was going smooth inside the IPL 2021 bio bubble before stress broke out in the KKR camp. KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier got tested positive for COVID-19 on May 3 and it resulted in the RCB-KKR clash getting postponed. Some other members of the KKR squad have been isolated so that they can remain safe.
Overseas players have been in constant fear regarding their safe travel back home. And, after these two cases, they feel more insecure but the teams feel that IPL should go on and there is no going back from here. BCCI also stated that the 14th edition of the T20 league will go on as scheduled.
There are several questions that are being pointed towards IPL’s strict bio bubble. However, it has been speculated that Chakravarthy tested positive as he went to a hospital outside the bubble to get his shoulder scans done. Also, the bio bubble is strict enough and every protocol is followed properly inside it, reckoned a franchise official.
Everyone is following the bio-bubble protocol in IPL: franchise official
“There is no going back now with half of the payment done. The news (positive case in KKR) makes the BCCI’s job more challenging,” a franchise official said as quoted by The Times of India.
“We have been hearing that a player got infected because he was taken outside the bubble for scans. So, it could have happened outside the bubble. As far as I know, everyone is following the protocols laid out by the BCCI and there was no breach there,” he added.
Another official also stated that till the time other team members are not affected, the tournament must go on. UK, Australia, and New Zealand have banned flights from India and there are a lot of players inside the IPL 2021 bubble from these countries.
Some players like Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Andrew Tye had already left the IPL 2021 midway for various personal reasons. However, most of the other overseas players have decided to stay back till May 30 (tournament end).