‘Deaf of tone’: staging IPL’s 2021 season amid crisis faces global criticism

The 2021 IPL season has entered its second leg, with matches staged in Ahmedabad and Delhi. However, the current Covid-19 crisis in India has prompted many voices around the world to say that the tournament is incongruous with the situation in the country.

Former England footballer and TV commentator Gary Lineker said it was “terribly wrong” that the IPL continued in the midst of such a “disaster”. “People are dying faster than races are recorded for shouting out loud,” he exclaimed in a tweet.

“Cricket doesn’t matter,” said British TV host Piers Morgan.

Several publications from around the world, while reporting on the status of their country’s players currently in India playing in the IPL, questioned the need to hold the IPL season 2021 under the current circumstances.

An editorial in The Guardian noted that in India, “there are some milking cows that cannot be criticized, but sacred cows are even more protected, like IPL. BCCI is headed by Jay Shah, the secretary, and he reports less to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly than to Amit Shah, India’s interior minister and one of the most powerful men. from the country. Jay is also Amit’s son.

The email sent to the 8 IPL teams by the BCCI at the start of the week was described as a “charm offensive” by The Guardian. An editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald had a sarcastic view of the idea that the IPL players “were playing for humanity”. “The Covid crisis in Australia has never been as acute as it is in India right now, but we shut down all sports and we kind of got through… Yeah, but humanity” , did he declare.

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The daily mail reported that pressure is increasing on England Cricket Board to bring its players back from India. In a separate editorial titled “Surely IPL Show Cannot Continue After Chris Lynn’s Jab Is Revealed,” the publication noted that it is “absurd for young cricketers protected by a bio-secure bubble to jump the vaccine queue in Covid-ravaged India ”and that the organization of the tournament is now“ deaf ”.

A number of players, including Ravichandran Ashwin, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa, withdrew from the tournament halfway. Richardson and Zampa had been lucky with their timing, announcing their decision to leave India 24 hours before Australia announced a three-week hiatus on all direct flights from India.

Andrew Tye, one of the foreign players to leave the tournament, said: “I just thought I would be in the spotlight and get home before I was locked out of the country… How these companies and franchises, and the government, are they spending so much money on IPL when there are people who cannot be accepted into the hospital? “

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no special consideration would be given to Australian cricketers hired by IPL franchises to participate in the event as they are not on national service.

India has recorded more than one million cases of Covid-19 in recent days. Ambulances, medical oxygen, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, and life-saving medicines are all scarce.

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