Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge took a dig at England and Australian players for their double standards over playing cricket amid Covid-19. Earlier, Australia and England national teams had cancelled their tours to South Africa over concerns of Covid-19. However, many Australian and England players are part of IPL 2021 in India amid the rising Covid-19 cases in the country.
Australian players like David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith among others are playing in IPL 2021.
England cricketers who are part of IPL 2021 are Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, and Jason Roy. IPL 2021 is being conducted in India amid the rising cases of Covid-19 on a day-to-day basis.
Brad Hodge Takes Dig At Australian and England Players
Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge took a dig at Australia and England cricketers who are taking part in IPL 2021 on Twitter. Brad Hodge mentioned that the money is the biggest reason why Australian and England players are taking part in IPL 2021 in spite of the Covid-19 surge in India.
A Twitter user on Tuesday tweeted “Remember when Australia and England binned their tours of South Africa because of COVID concerns? 330,000 cases in India today. Looking forward to Delhi v Bangalore in the IPL tonight!! Replying to the tweet, Brad Hodge wrote, “Cash is King”. Have a look at Brad Hodge’s comments below.
Cash is king
— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) April 27, 2021
Notably, Australia and England had cancelled their tours to South Africa earlier due to Covid-19 concerns. However, many Aussie and English players are still part of IPL 2021 in India. However, some Australian players like Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson have left IPL 2021 midway and returned to their home country Australia.
Covid-19 cases in India are rising rapidly. More than 3 lakh new cases of Covid-19 are arriving on a daily basis. At present, India has more than 28 lakh active cases of Covid-19.
Many states have also imposed lockdowns and curfews to battle the spread of the disease. BCCI is also facing criticisms for organising IPL 2021 matches under such a sensitive situation. So far, 22 matches have taken place in IPL 2021. The tournament will conclude on May 30, 2021.