Amid speculations and backlash that the Indian Premier League should be suspended due to the Covid-19 surge in the country, a BCCI official reckoned that with so much negativity around it is important to go on with the cash-rich league as it generates a lot of revenue. Also Read – MI vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Tips VIVO IPL 2021: Captain – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, Probable XIs For Today’s T20 Match 24 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, 3:30 PM April 29 Thursday
“It’s probably more important now to hold IPL when there is so much negativity around. The league generates considerable money for the economy. It has to be seen from that context too. How does stopping IPL help?” the official told Reuters, requesting anonymity. Also Read – Weekend Lockdown Extended in Uttar Pradesh; Total Shutdown For 3 Days Now | Details Here
The BCCI official also asked fans not to underestimate the power of sport in spreading positivity. Also Read – 7 Free Mental Wellness Advice Helplines Offered By Experts To Tackle COVID-19 Anxiety or Stress
“We should not underestimate the power of sport to spread positivity. At least fans are absorbed in it at home. Otherwise many of them will step out without masks,” he added.
Reports suggest that BCCI is now testing everyone inside the bio-bubble every two days, instead of five. Also, no food items can be ordered and brought inside the bio-bubble. A few players have already opted out of the cash-rich league fearing a lockout.
“In order to allay any apprehensions and concerns, we are further strengthening our bio-secure environments to keep everyone involved in the tournament safe and healthy,” IPL COO Hemang Amin wrote in a letter addressed to all the players and support staff.
“Recently, we increased testing in our bio-bubbles to be extra vigilant. Instead of the stipulated test every five days, we now conduct a test every two days,” the letter further read.
While the BCCI has assured the safety of all players, the foreign boards are in regular contact with their players participating in the lucrative T20 league.
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