BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla has revealed the plan of the Board to host the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)
The daily rise of COVID-19 cases in India has been the cause of concern for the Board Of Cricket Council In India (BCCI). Three players participating in the upcoming IPL has already been infected with the virus.
Nitish Rana of Kolkata Knight Riders has recovered from the virus. However, Axar Patel of Delhi Capitals and Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers Bangalore is still down with the virus.
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla feels that all the players should be vaccinated, although they will stay within the bio-bubble throughout the entire tournament.
The situation in Mumbai is of grave concern. Earlier, 10 groundsmen at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, four teams are staying in Mumbai for their upcoming matches.
The steep rise of cases in Mumbai is a concern for the BCCI. They have kept Hyderabad and Indore as a backup to host few matches if the situation worsens.
Amidst this rapid surge, Shukla feels that the only way the BCCI can tackle this situation is by getting the players vaccinated. They are even thinking to contact with Health Ministry to convey this message. Rajiv Shukla feels that no one knows when the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end. So, the ideal decision is to vaccinate the players.
“In order to cope with this coronavirus rise, I think the only solution is to get vaccinated. BCCI is also thinking on those lines that players should be vaccinated.
“Nobody knows when coronavirus is going to end. You can’t give a deadline that by this time frame, it will not be there so players can play easily. So, I think now will have to think over that. Vaccination should be done for the players also,” Shukla said according to NDTV.
The Board is looking into the health and safety of the players
Shukla also stated that the BCCI is keeping a close watch on all the 6 venues which will host the matches in the upcoming edition of the IPL. The most cause of concern is Mumbai, which is scheduled to host 10 matches from April 10 to 25.
“We are keeping a close eye on each venue which will host the IPL 2021, regarding Covid-19 cases. We have not taken any decision as of now but Indore and Hyderabad are on standby. BCCI will see what is the right thing to do, the health and safety of players are of utmost importance,” Shuklafurther added.
The IPL 2021 will start on April 9. Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians will face against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the season. The BCCI will hope that they can organise the whole tournament without any problems. Only time will tell if that is possible or not.