On Tuesday, Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia backed BCCI’s decision to host IPL-14 in India amid the threat of COVID-19, saying it was the “right call” before the situation deteriorated rapidly.
The Indian Premier League was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after numerous cases of COVID-19 were reported in its bio-bubble, ending a month of relatively smooth running for the most glamorous cricket event in the midst of a raging pandemic.
Wadia welcomes the decision to suspend the league for the time being.
“The best solution is taken into account the circumstances. Many people are suffering in India,” Wadiya told PTI.
As for hosting the event in the first place, he said: “Long care was done before the IPL, but no one is perfect. There was a right call for it to be held in India before the World Cup. The situation has deteriorated so fast.”
The decision to postpone the league was announced after the batsman of SunRisers Hyderabad Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra joined the list of infected players, which already included Varun Chakravarthy and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sandeep Warrier.
Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L. Balaji was among the famous non-playing employees who gave positive results.
Wadia added: “If ground personnel were not part of the whole bubble, then this should be corrected. Reduction of places should also be considered to reduce the risk.”
He said holding the league in the UAE, which he hosted last year due to the pandemic at home, would not matter.
“I don’t think it has anything to do in a particular country (India or the UAE) it would matter. Everyone has tried their best, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Speaking of criticism from foreign players like the Australians Adam Zampa and Andrew Ty, who flew back to his country after retiring in the middle of the league, Wadia said the situation was much different when the tournament started.
“Hat of Indian players who play non-stop on balloons and do not complain unlike some foreign players.
“With due respect to international cricketers, including Zampa, the situation was quite different a month ago. They need to study the fact that there were far fewer cases when we started before commenting on this.
“It happened during the Australian Open, they closed the city when it happened. People didn’t complain then, why now,” Wadia asked.