Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain, has thrown his weight behind the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) in its decision to suspend the IPL 2021 mid-way following the multiple covid-19 cases in 4 franchises.
On Tuesday, the governing body decided to postpone the season, and send all the players back to their homes, after as many as 6 covid-19 cases amongst players and staffs and workers were observed; Mike Hussey, the Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach, also returned a positive covid result by Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma expressed his disappointment that the tournament, which they were aiming to win to complete their hat-trick of titles, was abruptly halted. However, the senior India opener understands that considering the worsening covid situation in India – where over 300,000 cases per day have been recorded for the last week – the BCCI has taken the apt decision.
I think it’s a very good decision: Rohit Sharma
“It’s unfortunate that the tournament has been postponed. But in the light of everything that is happening around the country, I think it’s a very good decision,” Rohit Sharma said in a video message posted on Mumbai Indians’ social media.
“Paltan, thank you for your unrelenting support throughout the tournament! Till we meet again, we hope you keep staying safe and strong,” the franchise captioned the video.
Mumbai Indians sending its own and other team’s overseas players with that is happening around the country
The 5-time IPL winners are also a champion and an adored franchise off the field as they have been known for taking care of their players even in the off-season and treating them like one family.
While the BCCI is making its arrangements for sending the overseas players back home safely, the Ambani-owned franchise is sending all its overseas players by their own charter flights. They have offered players from other franchises to join them as well, as reported by Cricbuzz.
Mumbai Indians, who were 4th on the points table before the season was deferred, have players and staff from New Zealand – Trent Boult, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Shane Bond, etc – the Caribbean – Kieron Pollard – South African players – Quinton de Kock and Marco Jansen. Other team players are being asked to join them as well.