The 14th season of the Indian Premier League kickstarted on April 09 but one week into the tournament, the second wave of Covid peaked in the country, and cases multiplying manifolds with every passing day, calls have grown louder to call-off the season.
Five cricketers- Andrew Tye, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Liam Livingstone, Kane Richardson- have already taken a break from IPL 2021.
The BCCI has, however, iterated that the 14th season will continue to go ahead and Vaughan feels that the entertainment and joy that the IPL brings in such awful times is important.
The former English captain, however, took a dig at England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia for allowing their players to play in India despite the worsening covid situation, something both boards hadn’t done when it came to their bilateral commitments in South Africa.
The England Cricket Team, who traveled to the rainbow nation last December for a short T20I and ODI series, returned home following the conclusion of the T20I series citing the lack of safety in the bio-bubble.
Cricket Australia, on the other hand, canceled their Test tour of South Africa, despite having announced the squad for the same citing ‘unacceptable Covid risk’ due to a new Covid variant in the country at the time.
However, nothing of that sort has happened when it comes to England and Australian players coming to India and participating in the IPL despite the worsening Covid situation in the country due to the second wave.
Michael Vaughan on Tuesday took to Twitter where he wrote:
”I think the IPL should carry on .. The joy it will be bringing billions in these awful times every evening is important .. but I do find it tough to think back how England & Aussie pulled out of games in SA, yet both countries players are allowed to play in India !!! #IPL2021
I think the IPL should carry on .. The joy it will be bringing billions in these awful times every evening is important .. but I do find it tough to think back how England & Aussie pulled out of games in SA,yet both countries players are allowed to play in India !!! #IPL2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 27, 2021