Players, particularly abroad recruits, are feeling edgier following the emergence of two COVID-19 instances within the Kolkata Knight Riders camp on Monday however groups really feel “there is no going back” and the IPL ought to proceed regardless of the ever-increasing menace of the raging pandemic. Questions are being raised on how a strict bio-bubble created for the world’s largest T20 league was breached after KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier received contaminated with the lethal virus.
Foreign gamers, who had been already anxious about getting house with journey restricted from India, are a extra nervous lot.
“There is no going back now with half of the tournament done. The news (positive cases in KKR) makes the BCCI’s job more challenging,” a franchise official advised PTI.
“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 strictly following the protocols laid out by the BCCI and there was no breach there,” he added.
Another crew official stated the match ought to proceed so long as extra groups will not be affected by the virus.
“Even if you have to pause the tournament, how long can you hold back? The only way is to keep isolating the positive cases and keep playing. The players are naturally more anxious now but it is mainly because they are not sure about how they would get back home,” stated the official.
UK, Australia and New Zealand have banned travellers from India and a large variety of gamers competing within the IPL are from the these international locations. Some international gamers like Australia’s Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye left within the nick of time earlier than journey bans got here into impact however most of them have chosen to remain again and see out the occasion ending May 30.
“We should let the BCCI decide what is best for all of us. Flooding them with too many opinions on what should be done following the cases at KKR would only lead to more confusion,” stated one other high official of a crew.
Five-time winners Mumbai Indians had been already testing their gamers each day and different groups are more likely to comply with that within the wake of instances at KKR. KKR gamers have been advised to isolate within the room and even groups like Delhi Capitals have advised its gamers and assist workers to remain of their rooms after the event on Monday. The two sides performed one another 4 days in the past.
“Following the news, we have been told to stay in our rooms and strictly follow the protocols. The players are fully aware that the situation outside is grim and the IPL bio bubble is a much safer environment at this point in time,” stated a assist workers member of a number one franchise.
A former India participant competing within the league summed it up aptly.
“There is a lot of anxiety among players. Obviously we are being tested every second day but looking at the situation in the country, you are always scared what next in case you test positive,” he stated.
“We are hanging in there but you cannot just negate the fear factor,” he added.
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