New Delhi: The gamers, particularly international recruits already involved about getting dwelling with journey restricted from India, appear to be tensed in view of the surge in Covid-19 circumstances in the midst of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
This comes following the emergence of two circumstances in Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) camp on Monday as Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier received contaminated with the virus. The IPL groups, nevertheless, are of the view that the match ought to proceed and “there is no going back” regardless of the pandemic risk.
The international gamers’ worries come amid questions on how a strict bio-bubble created for the IPL was breached.
A franchise official, nevertheless, mentioned “there is no going back now with half of the tournament done”, including the “news (two positive cases in KKR camp) makes the BCCI’s job more challenging”.
“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,” PTI quoted the official as saying.
Echoing related sentiments, one other crew official mentioned the match ought to proceed, including the one means is to “keep isolating the positive cases”.
“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,” he mentioned.
One other crew official, nevertheless, put the ball within the BCCI’s courtroom.
“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,” he mentioned.
The international gamers’ worries come as Australia, New Zealand and UK have banned travellers from India and several other gamers competing within the T20 league are from these nations.
The gamers of a number of IPL groups, together with KKR and Delhi Capitals, have been requested to remain of their rooms following Monday’s news.
A help workers member of a number one franchise mentioned “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,” he added.