One of the biggest cricket carnivals of the year, the VIVO IPL 2021 has faced its worst nightmare in recent days. With the Covid-19 cases piling in India, several players have tested positive for the coronavirus raising a red flag on the Tournament.
Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) & Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have immediately called off the tournament until further notice.
Safety Measures Taken In The IPL 2021
IPL 2021 kicked off with big expectations of fans and a huge challenge for the governing bodies. Unlike the previous years, IPL this year was more closely watched than ever. Firstly, solely because fans were not allowed in the stadium and, secondly due to the Covid protocols.
The governing bodies were taking a huge risk. And everything was planned to keep in mind the possibility of contamination. Here is a list of protocols each and every member involved in the tournament had to follow:
- Bio Secured Bubbles: All the players, staff, and management team members ought to remain in a biosecure bubble without any contact with people outside of it.
- Quarantine Protocols: All members are to be tested on a regular basis, when they travel, before entering their hotels, resuming training, and all.
- Movement Tracker: Each member had to wear a GPS tracker in case of any breach in the protocols
In addition to that, various other formalities had been allocated to ensure the smooth sailing of the tournament.
Players To Test Positive For Covid In IPL 2021
IPL 2021 was almost halfway in the tournament and fans were left wanting for more. However, a piece of unlikely news turned the environment sour. Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were first to be tested positive from the KKR camp, followed by CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and another support staff.
Also, SRH Team announced Wriddhiman Shah was tested positive ahead of their match against the Mumbai Indians. Since then, other franchises and IPL management teams have taken a step back and gone into isolation immediately.
BCCI in its recent press release stated that it will ensure the safe passage of all the players after the postponement news. So it looks as though the tournament is not being shifted to the next venue.