The 2021 edition of the IPL is scheduled to be played across six venues & looking at the current situation of coronavirus which is changing every minute, getting players involved in the IPL 2021 vaccinated is definitely an area that should be discussed.
Delhi Capitals has made a request to the BCCI for providing them vaccinations. Speaking to the media, Delhi Capitals CEO Vinod Bashist said that a request has been made & the franchise is confident that the BCCI & the Government will surely look into the matter.
“Vaccination has been on top of our mind especially in the current scenario where the IPL is in the caravan model & we have to travel from one city to another. We made a request to the BCCI & I am pretty sure that the BCCI would have also put that request to the government, which I am not aware of & the Government also I am sure has a priority which is set as you yourself mentioned that the Olympic athletes are the top priority and certainly I feel the government will recognize that an event of this nature requires that protection”, Vinod Bashist said.
“They will prioritize not only the players but also the associated staff & the broadcasting team & everyone who is in the management to get vaccinated so that we have a corona free IPL”, Vinod explained.
“Firstly we got to be thankful to BCCI to be able to put together this event even during this challenging scenario. The scenario is changing day by day & new challenges come up for the event organizers & I am sure BCCI has the backup plan to deal with these challenges. The guidelines will be modified with an eye on the changing scenario & I am sure for an organization like BCCI, they will always have an alternate plan put together if the situation presents itself”, Vinod said.
When asked whether the caravan model is a little unfair as some of the cities have missed out on hosting rights, the DC CEO said, “This is benchmarked to what happened in the IPL 13 where every team was located at one place & everything was within a distance which was manageable from wherever everyone was staying.
“But we don’t have that kind of infrastructure advantage in any of the locations which BCCI could use. That is how this particular caravan model came up. This also means a franchise would not play at home, so that takes away the other team’s disadvantage & puts everyone on the same level. IPL 14 is surely going to be more challenging as compared to IPL 13”. Vinod concluded.
Mumbai Indians will face RCB in Chennai in the tournament opener match on April 9. The final will be played on May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.