Ness Wadia, co-owner of Punjab Kings, believes that conducting the IPL 2021 in India was the right call made by the BCCI. The tournament has been suspended due to the positive covid cases emerging in at least 4 franchises – 1 each in Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals, and multiple cases in Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders contingent.
There were earlier calls of staging the tournament in the UAE, like last year as it went smoothly there. However, Ness Wadia reckons all precautions were taken by everyone, but “the situation deteriorated so quickly” which led to the postponement of the IPL 2021 – India had recorded over 400,000 covid cases per day in the past few days as the country is hit by the second wave.
“Best decision has been taken given the circumstances. A lot of people are suffering in India. Due diligence was done before the IPL but no one is perfect. The right call was taken to hold it in India ahead of the World Cup it is just unfortunate that the situation deteriorated so quickly,” Ness Wadia told PTI.
“I don’t think this has got anything to do in a specific country (India or UAE) would have made a difference.
“Everyone tried their best sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. If the ground staff wasn’t part of the whole bubble then that needs to be fixed. Also cutting down the venues also need to be considered forward to reduce the risk,” he added.
Hats off to Indian players who did not complain unlike some foreign players: Ness Wadia
The famous business tycoon also lauded the Indian players for playing in the bio-bubbles for a long time, and not making a fuss about it, comparatively to a few overseas players – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye had managed to exit India before the IPL was halted and the Australian border shut; Liam Livingstone also left the IPL in its early stage.
Ness Wadia is upset about Zampa’s comments about the IPL bubble in India being more vulnerable than it was in the UAE last year.
“Hats off to the Indian players who have been playing non-stop in bubbles and not complained unlike some of the foreign players. With due respect to the international cricketers including Zampa, the situation was very different a month ago. They should study the fact that cases were very less when we started before commenting on it.
“It happened during the Australia Open they shut the city down when it was happening. People didn’t complain then, why now,” Ness Wadia stated.