The Indian Premiere League (IPL) is considered as a festival in India. It is the biggest cricket carnival ever. People wait for the IPL every year and it plays a catalyst in entertaining each and every cricket fan. However things aren’t really good right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has been cruel to each and every field and individual, international cricket has been impacted as well. Conducting a cricket match isn’t as easy as it was before, following the safety protocols is now a must. However, can IPL go ahead in India despite the second wave of COVID-19? Today we shall take a look at why IPL-2021 is being hosted despite the Second Wave of COVID-19.
1) Biggest League In The World:
The first reason is a no brainier! IPL is the biggest league in the world and it acts a stress buster for millions. Only a saddist wouldn’t want IPL to commence. It also provides an opportunity for various cricketers to showcase their talent. However one might argue that all of this isn’t our priority as the number of positive COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in India. The following points such provide a detailed explain for this.
2) Safety Protocols:
As mentioned earlier, IPL is the biggest T20 league in the world. Thus, it also happens to be the richest league in the world. This has enabled BCCI to have good security protocols. These protocols ensure that every team is safe. The security protocols enable a safe IPL.
Bio-bubble is the new norm in cricket. Every series, tournament and league have their team players going in a bio-bubble. This bio-bubble is secure and ensures that no player comes in contact with anyone outside the bubble and thus, be safe.
Every player who lands in India or joins his team ahead of IPL 2021 had to isolate themself for 5 to 7 days. Quarantine rules are really strict. Lately even the Proteas players who landed in India had to isolate them for 7 days. As a matter of fact, Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis finished their 7 day quarantine and joined DC yesterday.
IPL generates a lot of employment. Many individuals have a job because of IPL. IPL is bread and butter for various cricketers as well. IPL is important for a lot of stakeholders as well. If IPL doesn’t take place then these people would face a lot of issues. Thus, IPL’s existence is really important.
Last but not the least, IPL generates a lot of revenues. BCCI depend a lot on IPL as well. Money matters force BCCI to conduct IPL no matter what and thus IPL 2021 would be going ahead despite the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in India.