Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president and former India captain, spoke to The Indian Express about the thought process behind hosting the IPL at home.
He stated that there was no breach in IPL 2021 bio-secure bubble.
It is “too early” to say whether the remaining season will be held in India, the UAE, or another nation, according to the former Indian captain.
Saurav Ganguly on Bio-Bubble breach
“I don’t think so. The report we got is that there’s no breach of the bubble. How it happened is very difficult to say. How so many people are getting (infected) in the country is also very difficult to say,” said Ganguly.
In contrast to England’s Premier League and other football leagues, the IPL has a strict two-month window, which did not enable the board to consider an alternative, according to the BCCI President.
They are all professional hands. Professional hands around the world can’t control it (virus penetrating the bubble). When it was happening in England (second wave of the pandemic), there were cases in the English Premier League. Manchester City, Arsenal players got infected. Matches got rescheduled. Because their season is six months long, they can do it. But our season is tight. Since we have to (release) players to their respective countries, rescheduling was very difficult,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly also informed that the Indian players will vaccinate themselves individually.
“Now that they have time, they will do it individually since the (state) governments (are) getting the vaccinations done. They all go to their respective homes, so it’s an easier option that way,” said the BCCI President.
Saurav Ganguly also said that the decision of postponing the IPL was unanimous.
The Indian cricketers will next be seen in action in the World Test Championship final, which will be held in Southampton from June 18 to 22.