IPL 2021 has been dealt a severe blow as Monday’s game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore is set to be postponed. According to Cricbuzz, COVID-related concerns in the KKR camp have led to postponing tonight’s game.
Meanwhile, The Age is reporting that several players in the KKR camp are unwell including Australian pacer Pat Cummins. The fast bowler is also isolating as of now. The latest development will further raise questions regarding IPL 2021 going ahead since BCCI has been confident about the security of the bio bubble.
Tonight’s game off in IPL. Player in Pat Cummins KKR tests positive. Nightmare. Story being posted on @australian website as I tweet with more details
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) May 3, 2021
BCCI officials have told ANI that Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have been diagnosed with coronavirus. RCB is not keen on taking the field on Monday after the covid related problems in the KKR camp, so the game has been postponed. It remains to be seen what BCCI’s plan of action will be after the breach of bio bubble in one team’s camp.
IPL 2021 has been under the scanner in the past couple of weeks as India has been devastated by the second wave of COVID-19. India has been witnessing more than 350,000 new cases every day for the past week. Moreover, the death toll has also increased with each passing day leading to a big humanitarian crisis in the country. IPL 2021 has been heavily criticised for going about the business despite the severe crisis outside bubbles.
Courtesy of the covid scare in the country, multiple Australian players had left the tournament last weekend. Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa went back home in time before Australia suspended direct and indirect flights from India. Various Australian coaches have also raised concerns, BCCI had written to all franchises that they will make sure that all players return home safely at the end of the tournament. The latest developments will be a big blow for IPL 2021 since players will be even more concerned after finding cases in the bio bubble.