Rajeev Shukla, Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reveals that the board is pondering about vaccinating all the players for IPL 2021. He says that for the same purpose, the board may soon write to the Health Ministry.
The IPL 2021 has been struck with few serious jolts a week before the tournament. First, 8 members of the ground staff at the Wankhede Stadium were reported to have tested positive for the covid virus.
Later, Delhi Capitals all-rounder, Axar Patel, and Royal Challengers Bangalore opener, Devdutt Padikkal, and a member of the Chennai Super Kings staff have returned positive results, and are placed in quarantine.
Vaccination should be done for the players also: Rajeev Shukla
Rajeev Shukla, the 61-year-old administrator-cum-politician, feels that vaccinating the players is the only way to tackle the virus. He reckons the BCCI will contact the ministry in that regard.
“In order to cope with this coronavirus rise, I think the only solution is to get vaccinated. BCCI is also thinking on those lines that players should be vaccinated. Nobody knows when coronavirus is going to end and you can’t give a deadline that by this time frame, it will not be there so players can play easily. So, I think now will have to think over that. Vaccination should be done for the players also,” Rajeev Shukla told ANI.
Earlier ANI had reported that the IPL Governing Council (GC) is also keeping Indore and Hyderabad as backup options in case hosting matches in Mumbai, or any other venue, is not possible with the outbreak of the virus in recent weeks.
“We are keeping a close eye on each venue regarding Covid-19 cases, as of now no decision has been taken but Indore and Hyderabad are on standby. Will see what to be done, health and safety of players is of utmost importance,” a source in the know of developments had told ANI.