Rajasthan Royals point guard Andrew Tye, who left for Australia halfway through IPL following India’s COVID-19 outbreak, criticized franchises spending insane money on cricket in a time when their country is facing an unprecedented health crisis.
Tye, however, said the league should move forward if this is a way to relieve stress or give hope to those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From an Indian perspective, how are these companies and franchises spending so much money, and the government, on IPL when people cannot be accepted into the hospital?
“If sport can go on and be one of those avenues to relieve stress or give a glimmer of hope that the world is fine and there is light at the end of the tunnel, I think it should move forward, ”Tye said, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
“But I know these are not everyone’s feelings and I completely respect everyone’s views from all angles.”
He said the players (in the IPL) are safe now, but at the same time he asked “if this is going to stay safe”.
Tye, 34, left the IPL on Sunday because he feared he would be “locked up” in his own country following a wave of COVID-19 in India. He had not yet played with the Royals and his franchise contract was worth Rs one crore.
“There were a number of reasons, but the main one was the situation which started to occur with us in Perth with many cases in quarantine in hotels from India,” Tye told ‘SEN radio’ from Doha on Monday.
“Now there has been a community case in Perth, governments are trying to restrict the number of returns, especially in Western Australia.”
Bubble fatigue was also a factor, Tye said.
After Tye’s withdrawal, the Australian duo of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) withdrew citing “personal reasons”.
However, not all Australians are very worried. Pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has a Rs 5million contract with the Indians of Mumbai, would rather be in the bio-bubble than risk a trip home at this point.