The covid crisis of the country seems to worsen day by day. The central government will be opening the coronavirus vaccination to people above 18 years of age from May 1, the question on everyone’s mind is: Are the players in IPL 2021 are getting vaccinated?
At the start of the season BCCI Vice president, Rajeev Shukla had spoken about talking to authorities to arrange vaccinations for the players. One BCCI official has told ANI that the board has left the decision of getting vaccinated on players. However, the caveat here is that only Indian Players can get vaccinated in the country and no exceptions are being made for overseas cricketers playing in the tournament.
“The Indian players can get vaccinated from Saturday. It is a call that is left on players,”
Amidst the flak of still hosting the IPL while the country outside is suffering this decision will probably not go down well. Over the last weekend, three Australian players have already returned home fearing that they won’t be able to leave later due to travel bans.
As per the latest reports, almost 30 people, including players coaches, commentators, and staff from Australia are likely to return home. Meanwhile, Chris Lynn has also reached out to Cricket Australia to book chartered flights after the conclusion of IPL 2021. The Australian authorities are in regular contact with the players and are monitoring the situation, but have not pressed the panic button yet.
On the other hand, BCCI has said that the tournament will continue, even if the players wish to leave. As per BCCI, IPL provides a sense of normality but with the kind of situation that is going on it has become almost ignorant to continue with the tournament.
Recently Abhinav Bindra has also scrutinised the players for turning a blind eye towards the situation. Andrew Tye was also surprised that how are companies and franchises spending so much money, and the government, on the IPL when there are people not being able to get accepted into hospital. Ravichandran Ashwin also took a break from IPL 2021 to stay with his family.
Furthermore, worsening situations means stricter protocols in the bio bubble which have taken a toll on the mental health of the players, with some of them opting out owing to bubble fatigue. BCCI is also set to host the T20 World Cup in October, but given the situation, it will be difficult to have all nations allowing players to travel to India.