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IPL 2021 had to be called off, staging it in India was a mistake: Nasser Hussan

Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels that there was no option other than to call off IPL 2021, especially after the bio-secure bubbles had been breached in so many places.

BCCI suspended IPL 2021 amid rising number of Covid-19 cases. (Courtesy by BCCI)

BCCI suspended IPL 2021 amid rising number of Covid-19 cases. (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The players would have been fully aware of what has been going on in India: Hussain
  • IPL 2021 should have been held in UAE again: Nasser Hussain
  • We have to remember the ECB put on matches when our Covid rates were high: Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that the Covid-19 crisis in India left BCCI with no other option than to suspend the Indian Premier League 2021 indefinitely on Tuesday. Despite mounting criticism in recent days, the tournament had continued even as coronavirus cases surged across India.

However, a suspension was on the card after Covid cases kept increasing despite the IPL bio-bubble. Hussain said that the players would have been uncomfortable after seeing the Covid-19 crisis in India evident through the contributions and donations they were making.

“There was no option other than to call off the Indian Premier League. Not after the bio-secure bubbles had been breached in so many places. Enough was enough. This has become far bigger than a game of cricket,” Hussain wrote in the Daily Mail.

“The players are not stupid nor insensitive. They would have been fully aware of what has been going on in India. They would have seen on their TVs people pleading for hospital beds and oxygen. They would have seen unused ambulances waiting outside cricket grounds and wondered whether it was right for them to carry on playing. And they would have been uncomfortable.

“It has been unedifying at times watching this tournament when people are dying just up the road from there. I won’t criticise the players, but it had to be called off.”

Hussain called staging the IPL in India a ‘mistake’ although he understood where the decision might have stemmed from.

“The mistake was made in having the tournament in India in the first place. Six months ago they held an IPL in the United Arab Emirates and it went brilliantly. Covid rates were low and no bubbles were compromised. They could have returned there,” Hussain added.

“Yes, it is easy to say that with hindsight. And India clearly did feel they were through the worst of the virus when they decided to stage this year’s competition.”

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