There is a cloud of doubt hanging over the conduct of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the moment. With the number of COVID-19 cases in India increasing by the day and a plethora of problems like shortage of oxygen arising, the nation is in dire straits at the moment. The uncertain nature of the pandemic in India and the impact of the second wave has made the whole world look at India with concern.
At this moment, with the IPL being the only major sporting tournament taking place in the country, a plethora of overseas players like Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye have left the IPL. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin too decided to take a break. Other players including Chris Lynn have expressed concerns over how they will be able to return home after the tournament ends.
Hemang Amin writes to IPL players
The COO of IPL, Hemang Amin wrote a letter today to all players and support staff taking part in the tournament and wrote, “We want to apprise you that you have nothing to worry about. The BCCI will do everything to ensure that you reach your respective destinations seamlessly. The BCCI is monitoring the situation very closely and is working with the government authorities to make arrangements to get you home once the tournament concludes. Be rest assured that the tournament is not over for BCCI till each one of you has reached your home, safe and sound.”
He added, “We have also increased our level of caution to strengthen our bio-bubbles. I am sure you will understand and co-operate with us on these steps taken to strengthen the bubble. The health and safety of our players, support staff, management and everyone involved in IPL 2021 is of paramount importance and we will leave no stone unturned in that endeavor.”
“I extend my gratitude to all the health and frontline workers. As I conclude, I would again remind you of our most important defense – wear a mask, maintain social distancing and keep good hand hygiene. With that, I wish you a happy, healthy and safe IPL 2021. Remember, we are all in this together. We are all united!” he concluded.