Players, especially overseas rookies, are feeling more nervous following the emergence of two cases of COVID-19 at the Kolkata Knight rider camp on Monday, but teams feel “he didn’t. There is no turning back “and the IPL should continue despite the ever increasing threat of rabies. pandemic. Questions are being raised about how a strict bio-bubble created for the world’s biggest T20 league was violated after KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were infected with the deadly virus.
Foreign players, who were already eager to return home with limited travel from India, are more worried.
“There is no going back now with half the tournament over. The news (positive cases at KKR) makes BCCI’s job more difficult,” a franchise official told PTI.
“We heard that a player was infected because he was taken outside the bubble for scans. So it could have happened outside the bubble. As far as I know, everything the world strictly follows the protocols established by the BCCI and there has been no breach there, ”he added.
Another team official said the tournament is expected to continue as long as more teams are not affected by the virus.
“Even if you have to take the tournament off, how long can you hold back? The only way is to keep isolating the positive cases and keep playing. The players are understandably more anxious now but that’s mainly because they don’t know how they would get home, ”the official said.
The UK, Australia and New Zealand have banned travelers from India and a significant number of players participating in the IPL are from these countries. Some foreign players like Australia’s Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye left just before the travel bans went into effect, but most of them chose to stay back and see the event come to an end. May 30.
“We should let the BCCI decide what is best for all of us. Inundating them with too many opinions on what should be done following the cases at KKR would only confuse,” another senior official said. ‘a team.
The five-time winner Mumbai Indians were already testing their players daily and other teams will likely follow following cases at KKR. KKR players have been urged to isolate themselves in the hall and even teams like the Delhi capitals have told their players and support staff to stay in their rooms after Monday’s development. The two teams met four days ago.
“Following the news, we were told to stay in our rooms and strictly follow protocols. Players are fully aware that the situation outside is grim and that the IPL Biobubble is a much safer environment for it. stadium, ”said a support staff member of a leading franchise.
A former Indian player in the league summed it up well.
“There is a lot of anxiety among the players. Obviously, we are tested every other day, but looking at the situation in the country, you are always afraid of the result in case you are positive,” a- he declared.
“We’re hanging on, but you can’t just deny the fear factor,” he added.
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