Just a few days after the IPL 2021 was postponed, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly spoke about how COVID-19 enter the IPL 2021 bio-bubble. While defending BCCI’s decision to host the T20 tournament in India amid the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sourav Ganguly explained why it is difficult to control the spread of virus inside a bio-secure environment by giving the example of coronavirus breaching the Premier League bubble & affecting the football players in the UK.
Sourav Ganguly denies any breach of the bio-bubble, says there is no reports suggesting the same!
Speaking about a potential breach in the bio-bubble protocols, Ganguly in an interview with the media said that the report received by the BCCI suggests that there was no breach of bio-bubble protocols. “I don’t think so. The report we got is that there is no breach of the bubble. How it happened is very difficult to find out. How so many people are getting infected with the virus in the country is also very difficult to say”, said Ganguly to the media.
“Professional hands around the world can’t control it (virus penetrating the bubble). When it was happening in England (the second wave of the pandemic), there were cases in the English Premier League. Manchester City, Arsenal players got infected,” Ganguly said.
“Rescheduling the IPL matches is a difficult task”, says Ganguly
When asked about rescheduling the postponed IPL matches, Ganguly said that due to a hectic schedule it is very difficult for the BCCI to reschedule the matches easily. “Premier League matches got rescheduled because their season is just six months long, they can easily do it. But our schedule is tight. Because we have to release players to their respective countries, rescheduling was very difficult for us”, Ganguly added.
Sourav also highlighted the point that the discussions were held to host the IPL 2021 in the UAE. But since there were not many cases in India, the BCCI decided to host IPL 2021 in India.
Earlier four franchisees players & support staff reported COVID-19 positive within their camps. After which the BCCI took an immediate decision to postpone the IPL 2021 indefinitely.