Rajasthan Royals seamer Jaydev Unadkat has backed the continuation of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) amid worsening Wuhan virus situation in the country as the tournament provides livelihood to thousands of people attached with the tournament.
India is currently grappling with the second wave of Covid-19 and amid calls for the tournament to be called off, five cricketers have already parted ways with the tournament.
Three Australians- Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore), one Englishman in Liam Livingstone (Rajasthan Royals), and India and Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have decided to take a break from IPL 2021.
Even as calls are getting louder to halt the tournament, Jaydev Unadkat believes that the season should continue as it is a source of livelihood for thousands of people, stressing the fact that the IPL is not about entertainment this year and that the players are just doing their work.
“The IPL is not entertainment. There is no entertainment this year whatsoever. It’s work for us. It’s our livelihood and also helps thousands who are part of the ecosystem.” said Jaydev Unadkat during an interview with India Today.
Unadkat, whose family has also been affected by Covid, said that while players can’t be doctors, they can definitely be helpers and that is by helping others get the necessary medical aid.
“My family was infected and I did what all of us are doing. Tried getting them medicines and medical help. We are in this together. If we can spread the message using our platform as cricketers that’s our way to help. We can’t be doctors. But we can def be helpers,” Unadkat added.