IPL2021: Players refused vaccine ahead of tournament, suggests report

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As there’s Covid crisis in the country and a suspected bio-security bubble breach, the Indian Premier League 2021 season was suspended a few weeks ago.

With the tournament now halted, several reports have emerged demonstrating the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s weak handling of the situation (BCCI).

According to report in the TOI, players declined to take the vaccine before the tournament.

They apparently declined it due to the side effects, which include a slight fever and body ache.

According to the same report, some Indian players were pleased to be vaccinated while others were not.

“The players were simply reluctant about taking the vaccine when they were offered. It was not their fault, it was more about lack of awareness,” a source told TOI.

Some teams were able to persuade their players to take the vaccine, while others were unable.

“Players felt the bubble that they were in was secure enough and there was no need to take the vaccine. The franchises too, didn’t push for it. Then things started spiralling out of control. Foreigners, especially the support staff, were keen to take the vaccine. But it wasn’t possible to vaccinate them,” the source added.

Meanwhile, with 31 games remaining, the BCCI is rumoured to be considering holding the tournament in September.

The rest of the tournament will not be held in India, according to the BCCI.

Concern for Saha and Prasidh

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Since Saha and Prasidh haven’t yet tested negative, it will be a big concern for them.

Both players must report to Mumbai on May 25 and must then pass three negative tests before flying to England for the World Test Championship final.

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