It all started when Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye who plays for Rajasthan Royals questioned how the IPL franchises are spending so much money in the sport when people in the country have no hospitals to go to amid the Covid crisis. The bowler returned to his home in Australia last Sunday due to the worsening Covid-19 crisis in the country.
RCB’s Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa also followed in Tye’s footsteps and left a day later. Delhi’s R Ashwin decided to take a break from IPL 2021 and Rajasthan’s Liam Livingstone has also returned to England. All of this departure and the chaotic condition of the country made several people question the continuity of IPL. Besides the players, a top Indian umpire of the IPL, Nitin Menon also pulled out of the league and left for his home in Indore as his wife and mother tested positive for Covid-19.
Paul Reiffel another umpire attempted to leave the country but could not because of his country’s suspension of air travel with India. Several countries including the UK, USA, France, UAE, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Germany, Italy, and several others have either banned or curtailed travelling from India amid the disaster India is facing.
In social media debates, the Indian cricket board, BCCI has been accused of being ‘tone-deaf’ as it continues with the tournament amid a national health crisis.
However, BCCI and IPL officials have said that the tournament will go on as usual despite the backlash. They have given two major reasons for the continuity of the league.
- One of the reasons being that the league generates massive revenue and in these tough times, the country needs as much revenue as it can acquire.
- The other reason given by the BCCI officials is that cricket is a sport that provides solace and comfort to the people and IPL would be a source of entertainment for those who are suffering from misfortune in these troubling times.
The BCCI has also ensured safety for all the players and staff involved with the league as all the precautionary measures are being taken.
The question, however, remains the same: Is the continuity of a sporting event amid such a crisis justified?
Who would watch 3 hours of cricket being played in an empty stadium when members of his/her family would be fighting death or have passed away?
Who would guarantee that the revenue generated would be put to humanitarian use when not even the PM Cares Fund which was accrued for the sake of fighting covid was utilized in disaster management except for meager sums which have been allocated as of yet and the accountability of that fund is heavily missing?
The questions are many, but there is not much of a definite answer to any of them. When Rome was dying, people at least were present in the Colosseum chanting, our stadiums are empty but the gladiators fight nonetheless.
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