New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham doesn’t think there is any chance the remaining 31 Indian Premier League games will be in India this year, after the tournament was postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the inside the bio-bubble.
He also doubts India can host the 16-team T20 World Cup later this year.
India is in the midst of the worst health crisis in its history in the past 70 years, with the country recording 400,000 cases a day with at least 4,000 deaths on average.
The IPL and T20 World Cups are expected to be rescheduled in the United Arab Emirates.
“If it were to restart, I doubt the IPL would be in India again,” Neesham told Newshub.
“I think we’ve already seen plans for the T20 World Cup to leave India later in the year and they’re going to be extremely careful about that sort of thing,” said Neesham, who played for them. Mumbai Indians in the now suspended league.
Neesham believes the biosecurity gaps could be due to the teams traveling across the country.
“Even if we were flying on chartered planes, we have to go through customs, give your details to people, go through the terminals, so there will always be pinch points there,” he said.
Neesham said it was difficult to understand how the bubble was passed.
“We obviously don’t know exactly how the teams got undercover yet, but… it’s such a difficult prospect to keep everything perfect and when you have so many guys who are close to each other there will be social interactions afterwards. the games. .
“Once a team has it, you start looking back through your last week who you spoke to and who you shook hands with. It definitely gets your mind racing.
However, Neesham is not opposed to the idea of returning to India and playing IPL if she resumes.
“For me, I signed up for IPL knowing what it might be like. I felt like it was an obligation – I made a commitment to go and never thought of retiring individually before the tournament was over, ”he said.
“Guys will have different opinions on this, but it’s my job, I’m a professional and you have a lot of times to visit countries you don’t really like to go to, but it’s about getting on the field and get the job done. .
“I would sign up again, especially once the vaccinations started rolling out. I don’t think anyone really predicted how fast it would all crash down there and how fast we would be in the first plane.
The IPL was suspended last Tuesday after four players and two coaches from four different teams tested positive for the dreaded disease within 48 hours.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect it to be canceled. I think when you have so many teams in different bubbles you always expect there to be cases at some point during the tournament, ”said Neesham.
“We thought teams might have to lock up and miss a few games, as we’ve seen in other organizations, like the NBA. The show must continue.
“What was so shocking was how quickly it happened in so many different teams at the same time and we didn’t really have an option in the end.
Neesham said they were “not out of the woods yet” and could develop symptoms in the days to come.