Players, especially overseas rookies, are feeling more nervous after two cases of COVID-19 emerged at the Kolkata Knight Riders camp on Monday, but teams believe “there is no backtracking “and the IPL is expected to continue despite the ever-growing threat of pandemic rabies.
Questions arise as to how a strict bio-bubble created for the world’s biggest T20 league was violated after KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were infected with the deadly virus.
Far more worried are foreign players, who were already eager to return home with travel restrictions from India.
“There is no going back now with half the tournament over. The news (positive cases at KKR) makes BCCI’s job more difficult,” a franchise official told PTI.
“We heard that a player was infected because he was taken outside the bubble for testing. So it could have happened outside of the bubble. As far as I know, everyone strictly follows the protocols established by the BCCI and there has been no violation there, ”he added.
Another team official said the tournament is expected to continue as long as more teams are not affected by the virus.
“Even if you have to suspend the tournament, how long can you hold back? The only way is to keep isolating the positive cases and keep playing. The players are naturally more anxious now, but that’s mainly because they don’t know how they could get home, ”the official said.
The UK, Australia and New Zealand have banned travelers from India and a significant number of players participating in the IPL are from these countries.
Some foreign players like Australians Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye left shortly before the travel bans went into effect, but most of them chose to stay back and see the event take hold. end on May 30.
“We should let the BCCI decide what’s best for all of us. Inundating them with too many opinions about what to do in the wake of KKR’s affairs would only add to the confusion, ”said another senior team official.
The five-time winner Mumbai Indians were already testing their players on a daily basis and other teams are expected to follow this following the cases at KKR.
KKR players have been asked to isolate themselves in the hall and even teams like Delhi Capitals have told their players and support staff to stay in their rooms after Monday’s development.
The two teams met four days ago.
“Following the news, we were told to stay in our rooms and strictly follow the protocols. Players are fully aware that the situation outside is grim and that the IPL bio bubble is a much safer environment right now, ”said a support staff member from a leading franchise.
A former Indian player competing in the league summed it up well.
“There is a lot of anxiety among the players. Obviously, we are tested every other day, but looking at the situation in the country, you are always afraid of the result if you test positive, ”he said.
“We’re hanging on but you can’t just deny the fear factor,” he added.