The IPL 2021 was suspended midway through the tournament, after the covid-19 virus penetrated the IPL bubble. A few players had tested positive which led to the suspension of the league. Some franchises that were majorly impacted by the virus were Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals.
The suspension of the tournament has cast doubts on the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in India, later this year. The World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November. Former Australian player, Ian Chappell believes that holding the WC in India might not be the best option. He believes that the postponement of the IPL has made people realize, the impact the virus can have on the game. The Australian believes that the T20 World Cup should either get postponed or shifted to some other venue.
“The suspension of the 2021 IPL tournament because of surging Covid infections and deaths among the public, and a number of participants testing positive, was a reminder of the game’s vulnerability,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
“In the current disastrous climate, the suspension of the IPL could also produce a precedent. It may lead to the T20 World Cup, programmed for India later in the year, either being postponed or moved,” he added.
Chappell also recalled a few incidents, in which the matches were abandoned due to a variety of reasons. 1970-71 Boxing Day Test between Australia and England was suspended due to excess rainfall, which led to the first ODI being played.
“In the past, tours have been aborted and matches abandoned for a variety of reasons. Many of these involved backstories, some of which were tragic and others amusing. In 1970-71 the MCG Boxing Day Test between Australia and England was abandoned without a ball being bowled after heavy rain ruined any chance of a competitive match.
“That led to the first-ever ODI being played in lieu of the Test in an effort to recoup some of the lost revenue. The match was agreed between officials of both countries without the players being consulted, and this angered many in the England camp,” he added.