IPL 2021 Covid-19 Updates – Foreign players want to Quit: Problems for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) & BCCI is increasing by the minute. InsideSport.co has reliably learnt that foreign players of 1 of the leading IPL franchise has told the management that they want to quit amid increase in Covid-19 crisis in India. The concerned franchise has informed BCCI about the decision of the foreign players.
“Most of our foreign players now doesn’t want to continue. They don’t feel safe anymore. We have assured them we will take care of them and if required will also take care of their travel out of India. Without the availability of these players, how we can continue”, said the franchise official.
InsideSport.co also tried reaching out to some of the foreign players in various franchises and found out that most of them are on tenterhooks.
“We are extremely worried now, situation is not normal anymore. We are also concerned about Balaji’s positive case. Why BCCI is not quarantining the entire team. Circumstances are difficult and it is getting difficult to continue like this”, said one of the overseas player.
IPL 2021 Covid-19 Update: CSA, ECB & Cricket Australia leaves decision on players to ‘continue or quit’
Meanwhile be it England & Wales Cricket Board, Cricket South Africa or Cricket Australia – all have declared that it is entirely on players to take their decisions whether to continue or call it quits.
“We continue to monitor and communicate with our players and staff currently in India. In terms of continued participation, it will be a decision taken by each individual. We acknowledge these are challenging times and our thoughts are with the people of India,” said an ECB spokesperson to Daily Mail.
“We’ve offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them should there be any concerns,” Cricket SA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.
“Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a choice (continued participation).”
IPL 2021 Covid-19 Updates: IPL likely to be shifted to Mumbai Meanwhile BCCI is busy exploring plan-B in order to conduct remaining matches of IPL 2021. As per the plan B, the league might be shifted entirely to Mumbai towards the end of this week. The alterations could also lead to a slight change in the IPL 2021 schedule, with multiple doubleheaders.
As per ESPNCricinfo, There is also a likelihood of the IPL final being moved from May 30 to early June.
IPL likely to be shifted to Mumbai ?
One of the biggest challenges for the BCCI will be to create a bio-bubble. In order to execute their plans for Mumbai-leg, BCCI needs to find hotels for eight teams. For fitness and training, they have three stadiums namely Wankhede, Brabourne and DY Patil.
It is notable that BCCI successfully conducted 10 matches in Mumbai during the first leg of IPL 2021. In the opening leg, Mumbai Cricket Association cricket ground and Bandra Kurla Complex were used by various teams for training.
The report further stated that BCCI made calls to various big hotels in Mumbai to check if they are capable of meeting the SOPs needed to create a team bubble.