England and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan is saddened to see the surge in COVID-19 cases in India, but has indicated that the ongoing IPL could still continue as the Bundesliga and Premier League defined the perfect ‘models’ for the sport to continue in the middle of lockdown.
Returning to India less than six months after the 2020 edition was held in the United Arab Emirates amid the pandemic, IPL found itself in the grip of a second wave of COVID-19 with a few Australian players and the Indian Ravichandran Ashwin leaving the event.
As India’s health crisis system crumbles, several states have imposed strict restrictions, including curfews and nightly closures.
“Certainly in the UK last year we suffered a severe lockdown for long periods of time, and it looked like cricket was not going to be played for a long time,” Morgan said in a virtual press conference after that KKR beat the Punjab Kings by five. counters on Monday.
“I think when we first came out of lockdown I remember the first sport on TV was probably New Zealand and Australia. It was the rugby union league and then slowly the Bundesliga started and the Premier League started.
“And it almost showed you can play when the country is almost in full lockdown. So surely there is a pattern for it to happen, it has happened. But also, as long as it doesn’t disrupt what is happening in the public eye. “
Sending her message to fight the pandemic together, Morgan said: “… we are fighting this together no matter where you are in the world and therefore things like social distancing, going out with masks and just trying to stay too. as safe as you can, are very important messages to convey.
His KKR teammate and Australian world number one Pat Cummins led the way by donating $ 50,000 to PM Cares to “buy oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals”.
While many of his compatriots left the country in fear of the pandemic, Cummins was the first IPL cricketer of this year to publicly announce such a contribution on Twitter, while urging his fellow players to participate.
“We’re constantly talking about this situation that’s unfolding outside of our bubble. It’s not nice to be honest, to watch from a distance, certainly given how lucky we are to be in a bubble and not be too affected by it, ”said Morgan.
“We obviously give our support and our sincere attitude to all those who are sick or going through difficult times.”
Playing their first game in Ahmedabad this season, KKR ended their four-game losing streak with a five-wicket win over the Punjab Kings to move up to fifth from the bottom of the table.