Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson has admitted that it was the right decision to suspend the tournament indefinitely amid the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
The bio-bubble breaches had resulted in a handful of players contracting the deadly virus which led to the BCCI and IPL Governing Council bringing the T20 league to a halt on May 4. Kane Williamson, who took over the captaincy of a struggling SRH from David Warner midway into the tournament, said it was devastating to see the crisis in India.
It was the right decision by BCCI – Kane Williamson
He also added that although there were a couple of breaches in the IPL bio-bubble, but stated that the players were taken good care of before the tournament was postponed.
“Things escalated really quickly over in India and the challenges that way in that part of the world are heartbreaking to see. From suppose us playing in a bubble with a face, you know clearly it became too great. We were very well looked after in the bubble for the first half of the tournament when things were still intact but clearly there were some breaches,” Williamson told in a press conference.
“The tournament couldn’t continue and the right decisions were made, I believe that’s how things unfolded in the IPL,” he added.
In the wake of BCCI calling off IPL 2021, Kane Williamson along with some other teammates headed to the Maldives from where they flew to the UK. New Zealand will play a two-match Test series against England followed by the ICC World Test Championship final against India. Williamson stated that he is eager to get out of the quarantine and meet his teammates before starting training.
“The first step is getting out of the bubble, and after that, we’re looking forward to starting our preparation, in terms of adjustment to conditions and catching up with the guys. It’s always exciting when there has been a period of time away from the team, and I look forward to that,” said Williamson.