The BCCI, IPL franchises, as well as players, have taken steps in the last couple of weeks to help those affected by the rampant COVID-19 across India. Not only that, several former Indian and overseas players have also done their bit for the fight against the novel virus.
However, ex-IPL Governing Council member, Surinder Khanna, feels the BCCI and IPL together could’ve donated INR 100 crore towards India’s fight against Covid-19. He feels the board should have fulfilled its moral responsibility considering the cash it has.
“The BCCI-IPL should have donated at least Rs 100 crore towards covid relief,” Surinder Khanna, who was in the IPL governing council last year when the T20 league took place in UAE as the representative of the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Wednesday.
“”It’s a loss of the BCCI’s profits, that’s all. In any case, the official IPL telecaster (Star Sports) has insurance cover under the force majeure clause. The Board still has enough cash reserves to carry out what is clearly its moral and social responsibility at a time like this,” he added.
The BCCI said that it will be losing in excess of Rs 2000 crore for halting IPL. However, the former Indian wicketkeeper was also of the opinion that the resources being used in the IPL should’ve been better put to use to help those who are fighting against Covid-19.
“The IPL should have been called much earlier, and even the franchises should have made that clear. Are they only bothered with profits, and not concerned with the lives and unlimited misery of the people?” he further stated.
Furthermore, he was also skeptical of the board’s decision to host the T20 league in UAE this year too considering the Covid-19 situation was far from resolved. He was also baffled by the decision of not calling Restrata, the agency which managed the bio-bubble in UAE.
“The Board has made a mess of it. I saw in the UAE last year how wonderfully the bio-bubble created there functioned. I was out of the bubble, but was tested repeatedly, and felt safe. Everyone, from the top to bottom, was following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to the T. This is why we had no positive cases when the tournament began.
“I just can’t understand why, just seven months down the line, did they decide to move back the tournament to India? A bio-bubble operates best when there is just one city involved. So, maybe, if you chose only Mumbai, it was fine; but here, you were holding the league in six cities.
“Why did the Board not engage the same agency (Restrata) which had created such a secure bio-bubble in the IPL in the UAE last year? The Board must probe how the bubble was breached,” he concluded.