The suspension of IPL 2021 after multiple cases of COVID-19 was discovered inside the bio-bubble has led to questions rising on whether ICC T-20 World Cup should be held in India when a third wave is expected around that time.
There is a good chance of the World Cup happening in the UAE. Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins believes that if resources are going to be drained for the T-20 World Cup, then there is no point playing the tournament in India. While talking to Age, Cummins insisted that the safety of everyone involved should be the priority.
“If it’s going to be a drain on resources or it’s not going to be safe, then I don’t think it’s right to play it over here. That’s the first question which needs to be answered,”
Cummins also feels that in hindsight everyone feels that IPL 2021 should have been staged away from India. He insisted that BCCI had taken all necessary steps and advice to stage the tournament. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also insisted that hosting IPL 2021 in India was not a mistake.
The Indian cricket board had successfully organized IPL 2020 in UAE. There were calls for moving the tournament at the start of April since India was facing the wrath of the second wave of COVID-19. However, BCCI was confident about staging the tournament in India. They almost pulled it off as there were no breaches during the first three weeks of the tournament.
The Australian bowler had donated $50,000 to India’s COVID-19 fight. Pat Cummins has a lot of empathy for what India is currently going through. Talking about the precarious situation he said that how it’s sad that there’s no one out there now and no crowds at games as opposed to the hundreds of people who are usually present to support the teams.
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