IPL 2021: ‘It should be stopped’ – Kirti Azad on sudden coronavirus cases in the dugouts

I thought they were in a bubble and safe from everything and entertaining cricket lovers and the country: Kirti Azad

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Kirti Azad
Kirti Azad

India is battling a deadly wave of coronavirus with lakhs of cases being reported every day. However, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is currently taking place amid all the fear and chaos around the nation. 

The players were assumed to be safe and secured in the bio-bubble created especially for the tournament. But things didn’t go as per the plans when several COVID-19 cases from various IPL franchises including Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals broke out. A lot of players like Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Former India cricketer Kirti Azad expressed his concerns over the current situation and said that the tournament should be stopped immediately. He questioned BCCI’s intent to carry forward the league without prioritizing players’ safety.

“I thought they were in a bubble and safe from everything and entertaining cricket lovers and the country. Unfortunately, you are getting Corona positive cases being in a bubble. Obviously, that means, there has been a security lapse. So, it’s really appalling that this is how things are going at the moment. If this is the case that came out. It should be stopped,” Kirti Azad told InsideSport.

‘There has been a security lapse’: Azad

IPL 2021
IPL 2021

The 62-year old said that the bio-bubble isn’t that safe as it was earlier assumed to be. He mentioned that there has been a security lapse which makes things unsafe to proceed with the tournament. 

“For six days, you cannot detect any corona infection. It’s only on the 7th day that you come to know. So, obviously seeing what has happened with KKR players and CSK staff, there has been a security lapse and what we thought was a very safe zone, isn’t one,” Azad concluded.

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