The 2021 IPL was suspended midway through the tournament due to a violation of the franchise’s bio-bubbles. Several players, coaches and support staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and the BCCI and IPL board of directors has had no choice but to stop the tournament.
Now, it has been reported that the BCCI’s decision to hold the second phase of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in cities without other T20-specific training facilities may have caused the violation of Covid protocols.
The first leg of IPL 2021 took place in Mumbai and Chennai and the tournament went off without a hitch. But in the second phase, with Delhi and Ahmedabad hosting the matches, things took a turn for the worse for BCCI and IPL. Next, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) tested positive for COVID-19.
Several ground staff in Delhi were also reported to have tested positive for the deadly virus.
BCCI decision to host games in Delhi and Ahmedabad believed to have been wrong
Delhi and Ahmedabad – the two cities with a steady rise in COVID numbers – have been reported to have struggled to secure alternative training facilities for the teams. In Delhi, teams like the Chennai Super Kings used Roshanara Club grounds for practice, those in Ahmedabad were forced to use Gujarat College grounds.
“Many members of the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) and state officials are convinced that the decision to take the second phase in Delhi and Ahmedabad was wrong. There were four teams in each city and with the exception of the main field, which is a world-class facility and hosted matches, the replacement training facilities were open to the Covid-19 exhibit ”. an official familiar with the matter told IANS.
Other motives and lack of facilities for the practice could be the reason for the COVID outbreak in IPL 2021
The Motera Field Practice Center in Ahmedabad has another problem. As the construction of the ancillary grounds and complete facilities is not yet complete, the facilities available are not suitable for the practice of the big hits required for T20 cricket.
“The problem with the newly built Narendra Modi stadium in Motera is that the adjoining fields and facilities are still under construction. Although this is a state-of-the-art facility with multiple terrains, it is not yet complete. Teams cannot use the current practice nets as they are not suitable for the big shots needed during T20 practice. This is not a problem for test matches or first class cricket training. “ said the official.
“So taking players to the Gujarat College pitch was very risky because there are so many people like the Maalis. [gardeners], security guard and others. It was easy to get infected ”, he stressed.
It was further reported that there were other locations which had not been considered for different reasons.
Delhi has two Palam lots which are spacious and secure, away from the city as well. There may have been issues with some aspects of the facilities there, although they have hosted international teams in the past. Closer to the IPL team hotels is the Jamia Milla Islamia pitch, which is secure and has excellent changing rooms, although the locations could be a problem there.
“The transfer of the tournament to Delhi and Ahmedabad opened the tournament to the Covid-19 exhibition”, said the official.