Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina reacted to the Covid-19 crisis in the country. Raina shared a tweet in which he stated that he never felt so helpless in life. Suresh Raina’s tweet comes after IPL 2021 was suspended by BCCI. Few players from different teams were tested positive for Covid-19 and BCCI had to cancel the tournament due to safety concerns.

Chennai Super Kings team was also affected by Covid-19. Earlier, their bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, team’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan and a bus cleaner were tested positive for Covid-19. Viswanathan was later tested negative in the second report. Moreover, CSK batting coach Michael Hussey also got infected by Covid-19. Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrior were tested positive for Covid-19.  Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra was also reported to have contacted the coronavirus.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Never Felt So Helpless In Life, Says Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina shared a tweet to express his feeling over the Covid-19 crisis in India.

“This isn’t a joke anymore! So many lives at stake & never felt so helpless in life. No matter how much we want to help, but we are literally running out of resources. Every single person of this country deserves a salute right for standing by each other to save lives! #WeCandoit”, Raina wrote on Twitter.

BCCI managed to conduct 29 matches of IPL 2021 successfully but Covid-19 hampered the bio-bubble of teams. BCCI also had the option of conducting IPL 2021 in UAE as some IPL governing council members had proposed this idea ahead of the start of IPL 2021. Now, BCCI will have the responsibility to send players, support staff, and participants to their homes safely.

BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

At present, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and, Delhi Capitals teams are stationed in Ahmadabad. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals teams are currently staying in Delhi.

While sending Indian players to their homes safely will be quite manageable, BCCI will face a lot of issues to safety send overseas players to their home countries. Notably, the Australian government has banned all international flights from India till May 15 and Australian players will find it difficult to return to their homes.