With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc and showing no signs of stopping, there have been various doubts regarding the continuing of sporting and especially cricketing events in India. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has however, assured that strict protocols and bio-bubbles would be followed for all events including the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that there is no cause for concern.
IPL 2021 begins on the 9th of April and there have been a plethora of positive COVID-19 tests among the broadcast team, content team, groundsmen, coaching staff and even the players. Despite the same, the tournament will go ahead as scheduled and the same has been confirmed by BCCI.
Sourav Ganguly speaks on restrictions and Indians
Sourav Ganguly spoke at a promotional event about bio-bubbles and how Indians cope with them saying, “I feel we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas. I’ve played with a lot of Englishmen, Australians, West Indians, they just give up on mental health. In the last few months, with so much cricket being going on in the bio-bubble it’s so tough. Going from the hotel room to the ground, handle the pressure and come back to the room and then get back to the ground again, it’s an absolutely different life.”
“Look at the Australian team, they were supposed to go to South Africa for a Test series after India played there. They refused to go there. And always there’s this scare of COVID. ‘Hope it’s not me the next time’. You have to stay positive, you have to train yourself mentally. All of us have to train ourselves mentally so that the good will happen. It boils down to training,” Ganguly added.
The IPL begins on the 9th of April.