IPL 2021 Amidst Covid-19: India is currently fighting a serious battle with the recent spike in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country increasing with every passing day. The vastly spread pandemic situation in the country is getting worse every single day as India recorded more than 3.50 lakh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. However, amidst these challenging times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is showing great courage while organising the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) under robust bio-secure bubble environment.
The IPL 2021 season has been a sensational and entertaining affair so far with 20 exciting matches of the mega event hosted in Mumbai and Chennai and the final match of the tournament is scheduled on 30th May in Ahmedabad. However, with many of the foreign cricketers as well as Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin withdrawing from the league due to the deadly virus, it has become a serious discussion whether the IPL 2021 season should go on or not in these tough times for the entire country.
1. IPL is a great source of distraction
In these tough times people are mostly advised to stay at home and this is where the Indian Premier League matches act as the best dose of entertainment and excitement for atleast 3 to 4 hours in a day. The thrilling action witnessed in the IPL games where many of star players featuring in different teams helps the fans to engage in the game and get some much-needed break from the tense situation in the country right now. IPL 2021 can also be a great medicine for people sitting at home isolation and have not much work to do.
2. IPL 2021 is completely Safe
The Indian Premier League is currently one of the biggest sporting events in the world and the BCCI is showing its capabilities in conducting such a mega event in these challenging times all across the country and many of the overseas players are also part of it. The BCCI is very much strict with their necessary protocols and players are completely safe in a robust bio-secure bubble environment. Some of the players did tested positive for coronavirus before the start of the tournament but they were allowed to enter the team bio-bubble on after staying in isolation for 7 to 10 days and testing negative thrice. BCCI’s idea of these strict bio-bubbles can also be adopted by the rest of the sporting organisations as a great mode of hosting mega events in the future.
3. Players are encouraging people to stay at home
Cricketers have now become great role models and inspirational figures for the youth of this country. Many of the star players featuring in the IPL like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal and even the former cricketers who are part of the commentary panel are encouraging people to stay at home and step out only in case of emergency situations. While sitting at home, people can enjoy watching the Indian Premier League with their family and loved ones. Many of the cricket fanatics also relate a lot with their favourite IPL teams and it is great delight for them when their team does well in the competition.
Therefore, we feel that the Indian Premier League 2021 season should go on as per schedule because the people of the country surely need this dose of entertainment as a distraction in this tough Covid-19 pandemic situation.
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