Amid growing concerns that the IPL 2021 should be cancelled due to the steep rise in the number of COVID cases in recent times, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has another view to it. The sudden return of a few Australia cricketers and the pulling out of Ravichandran Ashwin has made people believe that the season should be scraped off.
Michael Vaughan on Tuesday took to Twitter to express his thoughts and seemed mystified over the English and Australian players pulling out of the games in South Africa recently, while they were allowed to play in India.
“I think the IPL should carry on .. The joy it will be bringing billions in these awful times every evening is important .. but I do find it tough to think back how England & Aussie pulled out of games in SA, yet both countries players are allowed to play in India !!!” Vaughan tweeted.
IPL Should Carry On: Michael Vaughan
I think the IPL should carry on .. The joy it will be bringing billions in these awful times every evening is important .. but I do find it tough to think back how England & Aussie pulled out of games in SA,yet both countries players are allowed to play in India !!! #IPL2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 27, 2021
The season started on April 9 and 21 games have been played so far. The 22nd game between RCB and DC is currently underway in Ahmedabad. League games in Mumbai and Chennai are over with games in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata remaining. Ahmedabad will also host the playoffs and the final on May 30.
Meanwhile, the BCCI on Tuesday confirmed that the season will go ahead as per scheduled and the board will take full responsibility for the safety and security of players.
“The BCCI will do everything to ensure that you reach your respective destinations seamlessly. The BCCI is monitoring the situation very closely and is working with the government authorities to make arrangements to get you home once the tournament concludes. Be rest assured that the tournament is not over for BCCI till each one of you has reached your home, safe and sound,” BCCI COO Hemang Amin said in a statement.
Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each.