Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye, who left for his country midway after pulling out the IPL in the wake of the COVID-19 surge in India, recently slammed IPL franchises spending insane money on cricket at a time when their country is facing a severe health crisis.
Though, Andrew Tye said that the league should go ahead if it was a means to relieving stress or giving a glimpse of hope to those who are suffering because of Nobel Coronavirus pandemic but he also said that everyone doesn’t share this view.
“Looking at it from an Indian point of view, how are these companies and franchises spending so much money, and the government, on the IPL when there’s people not being able to get accepted into hospital?
“If sport can continue and be one of those avenues to relieve stress or give a glimmer of hope that the world is OK and there is light at the end of the tunnel, I think it should go ahead,”
“But I know that’s not everyone’s feelings and I completely respect everyone’s views from all angles.”
The 34-year-old cricketer left the tournament midway as he feared getting “locked out” of his own country in the wake of a COVID-19 surge in India. In the ongoing tournament, he had not got a game with the Royals so far. His contract with the franchise was worth Rs. 1 crore.
He said players (in the IPL) are safe now but at the same time asked: “if it’s going to stay safe”.
“There was a number of reasons, but the main one was with the situation that has started to happen back home in Perth with a lot of cases in hotel quarantine coming out of India,”
“Now there’s been a community case in Perth governments are trying to restrict numbers coming back in, especially Western Australia.”