Sourav Ganguly on India hosting IPL 2021 despite COVID surge: Hope everything will be fine for 2 months

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly praised the cricketers participating in IPL 2021 for having the patience to live in bio-bubbles and also opened up on the challenges they are facing while hosting the T20 extravaganza amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • IPL 2020 was held in the UAE due to the COVID pandemic
  • But IPL 2021 is being played in India despite the 2nd wave of coronavirus
  • 4 players tested positive for COVID-19 even before the 1st ball of IPL 2021 was bowled

Former India captain and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly hopes to see a smooth and fair Indian Premier League amid the rising cases of coronavirus in India.

IPL is back in the country it originated from in 2008 after a gap of 677 days but the tournament is being played here at a time when India is witnessing a second wave of COVID. The number of cases is increasing every day with Maharashtra being the worst-hit state.

The BCCI had taken the IPL abroad to the United Arab Emirates last year because of COVID but this time they have decided to stay put and risk holding the tournament in India even though the situation is even worse now than what it was last year.

4 players who are going to play the IPL 2021 tested positive during their mandatory quarantine period and Ganguly is well-aware of the challenge that he and his team has at hand this year.

"It is quite challenging during COVID to host the IPL in terms of cost and return. The last time the tournament was held in UAE, it was quite challenging. We didn't know so much then. The bio-bubble will be here as well, as it was in UAE. Hope all goes well," Ganguly told India Today.

Ganguly also praised the players for their patience and dedication towards the tournament even though they have to stay in the bio-bubble for more than 2 months.

"I have said before that the cricketers are remarkable. They have been in the bio-bubble for so long. Hats off to the cricketers.

"What they are doing is not easy. Staying the same way for so long. Quite stressful. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to thank the cricketers. They are doing great work besides playing cricket," Ganguly said.

Ganguly also said that the BCCI is taking all the possible steps to ensure the safety of all the players, support staff and officials who are working day and night to try and make IPL 2021 a success.

"Since the emergency, since all the atrocities were going on it became quite difficult. However, we have taken the best medical advice. We talked to the doctors. We also did domestic cricket by creating bio bubbles. There was no corona case. I hope everything will be fine here for the next two months. That's what I'm hoping for. Fingers crossed," Ganguly said.