IPL 2021 was suspended just midway through the tournament owing to the covid-19 pandemic. The deadly virus had made it’s way into the IPL bubble, and had infected several players. The BCCI, headed by Sourav Ganguly, are now looking at an alternative window to conduct the remainder of the league this year.
With the suspension of IPL, major doubts have been cast on the domestic season to be held this year. Last year, the Ranji Trophy was cancelled owing to the first wave of the pandemic. However, the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy were held earlier this year, and were conducted in a smooth fashion. Sourav Ganguly stated that all domestic players and umpires will get their dues in the June-July window, and believes that continuing with junior cricket this year would not be a good idea.
“Hopefully, by October, things will settle down. Covid has ruined so much of sport and life. We will compensate all the domestic players in June-July. The junior players, umpires, and scorers will all get their fees,” said Ganguly while speaking to Sportstar.
“How can we expose the young boys to this Covid atmosphere? Imagine a 16-year-old away from the home and their parents and staying in hotels for long periods. This virus is so dangerous. We write to the associations. We can’t have direct access to individuals. We keep the players motivated by speaking with them through their associations,” Ganguly added.
Sourav Ganguly also spoke about India’s international schedule for this year. The former Indian batsman revealed that the white ball squad will travel to Sri Lanka in July, as the Test squad will be preparing for a five match Test series against England. He confirmed that the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will not be a part of the tour against Sri Lanka. Ganguly also stated that the remainder of the IPL is most likely to be held outside India, as the BCCI explores his options to conduct the tournament.