Former Indian cricketer and the current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Mr. Sourav Ganguly has finally opened up about the possible resumption of now suspended 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. Well, IPL 2021 was recently suspended mid-way after multiple players tested positive for COVID-19. The BCCI is currently making arrangements to send the overseas cricketers back home safely
He has confirmed that the remaining games of the IPL 2021 can’t be held in India because of the current situation. He also added that it is too early to finalize a slot for the resumption of the season.
Recently, in an interview with Sportstar, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly finally talked about the possible resumption of IPL 2021. He said:
“India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is (in July). There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL.”
Though the season has now been suspended but Ganguly believes that the decision to host the tournament was the right one. He also stated that the event would have carried on had Coronavirus positive cases not emerged in the IPL 2021 bio-bubble. He said:
“You can say that now in hindsight that the IPL should have been called off earlier. Mumbai and Chennai (legs) did not have cases. Only when the IPL reached Delhi and Ahmedabad did the cases rise. People will say a lot of things in any case. The English Premier League had so many people affected. But they could reschedule the matches. But you can’t do that with IPL. You stop it for seven days, and it is done. Players go back home, and then the process of quarantine starts from scratch.”
“As I said, we would have continued if there were no cases. We would have completed the IPL. The players were in the bubble, and there were no crowds at the venues. Players were not getting infected. Once the players got affected, we called it off. Look at the leagues going around the world. They have had COVID-19 cases, but they have continued.”