The rising number of COVID-19 cases in India has led to a plethora of doubts being raised as to how the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 can go on amid the raging pandemic. As many as 3 lakh cases and more are being reported day by day and with acute problems like the shortage of oxygen arising, the situation in India is extremely dire at present and it is being noticed by the entire international sphere.
A plethora of international players have already pulled out from the tournament and left for home. The likes of Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa left India recently while Ravichandran Ashwin also decided to take a break. Further, there have been reports from Australian media that David Warner and Steve Smith could leave the tournament as well, due to concerns over the situation.
Chris Lynn requests Cricket Australia for chartered flights
Mumbai Indians (MI) batsman Chris Lynn has now come forward and requested Cricket Australia to arrange special chartered flights for the Australian players in India. “I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10% of every IPL contract was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?” Lynn reportedly told News Corp media.
“I know there are people worse off than us. But we are going from a really tight bubble and are getting vaccinated next week so hopefully the government will let us get home on a private charter. We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over. Obviously India is in chaos at the moment. But we are at least giving people something to smile about by playing the tournament,” he added.
With more players being reported to have decided to leave, it remains to be seen as to what decision the BCCI takes.