It was “unpleasant” and “unpleasant” to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL), which takes place against the backdrop of a raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, said former England captain Nasser Hussein.
“Sometimes it was impossible to watch this tournament when people died right on the way from there (places). I will not criticize the players, but it had to be canceled,” Hussein wrote in the Daily Mail.
The IPL was called off on Tuesday after several players and team members returned positive Covid-19 results in Ahmedabad and New Delhi. Hussein said the tournament was to be held in the United Arab Emirates, as it was last year.
“The mistake was that the tournament in India came first. Six months ago, they held an IPL in the United Arab Emirates and it went brilliantly. Covid fares were low and no bubbles were compromised. They could go back there,” he said. .
“Yes, it’s easy to say that looking back. And India obviously felt they had experienced the worst of the virus when they decided to organize this year’s race.”
Hussein said players would be aware of what was happening in the country and had no choice but to call the tournament after positive events.
“There was no choice but to give up the Indian Premier League. Not after biosecurity bubbles were punctured in so many places. That was enough. It was much bigger than a game of cricket,” he said.
“The players are not stupid or insensitive. They would be fully aware of what is happening in India. They would see on TV people begging for hospital beds and oxygen. They would see unused ambulances waiting in front of the sites for cricket and I wondered if it was right for them to keep playing. And they would be uncomfortable, “Hussein said.