Former England captain Nasser Hussain has stated that IPL 2021 should have been played in UAE considering the Covid-19 situation in India. After hosting England in this year, the BCCI was confident of staging the IPL 2021 successfully. However, after the completion of 29 games, the league was hit hard by the deadly virus. Apart from Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive, more cases were reported.
After the emergence of new Covid-19 cases, the governing body of Indian cricket decided to suspend the league for an indefinite period. Owing to the Covid-19 situation in India, the IPL had moved to UAE in 2020. But that wasn’t the case this year. Nasser Hussain believes it was a mistake to host IPL in India.
“There was no option other than to call off the Indian Premier League. Not after the bio-secure bubbles had been breached in so many places. Enough was enough. This has become far bigger than a game of cricket. The players are not stupid nor insensitive. They would have been fully aware of what has been going on in India. They would have seen on their TVs people pleading for hospital beds and oxygen,” he wrote in his column for dailymail.co.uk.
“They would have seen unused ambulances waiting outside cricket grounds and wondered whether it was right for them to carry on playing. And they would have been uncomfortable.
“The mistake was made in having the tournament in India in the first place. Six months ago they held an IPL in the United Arab Emirates and it went brilliantly. Covid rates were low and no bubbles were compromised. They could have returned there,” he added.