The pandemic catches up with IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed with immediate effect on Tuesday after several players found positive inside team bio-bubbles. The decision came less than 24 hours after two cricketers from the Kolkata Knight Riders, one from Sunrise Hyderabad, two from Chennai Super Kings, one from Delhi Capital , several ground-staff in Ahmedabad and Delhi tested positive between last 24  to 74 hours.
The suspension was inoperative and this will be resulted in loss of crores of rupees to  the organisers. Staging IPL amid a public health emergency had it supporters and detractors.  The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) noted that it had tried to bring in some "positivity" and "cheer" amid difficult times for India. In addition  sports is a jobs and huge revenue generator. So what has happened here is definitely relevant for the country at large. It is stark reminder that reviving economic activity to pre-epidemic or pre-second wave levels will be possible only when the tools to fight Covid are optimally deployed  and and the current surge is brought down to manageable levels.
The event is suspended  for indefinite  period. But the BCCI will do everything in its power  to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participant's in IPL 2021. The broadcasters Star India said in a separate statement that they support BCCI's decision to postment the IPL. 
The broadcasters  Star India is committed  to paying BCCI Rs 4.4 crores per match for a 60-game season. If this season's IPL gets shelved, Star India will not pay for the remaining 31 matches ( a sum of about 1, 700 crore) to BCCI. With questions being constantly raised on wether conducting the IPL was right thing to do, most stakeholders were prepared to deal with the likely scenario of postponement or cancellation. No doubt, the IPL will alwaya be the top choice for entertainment, if not this year then next year.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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