IPL 2021 has been suspended after the secured bio-bubble was burst. A couple of KKR players tested positive for coronavirus. Following that, a few more franchises reported positive cases among their players and staff members. Subsequently, BCCI decided to suspend the tournament, but they maintained it is “postponed”. They said the remainder of the tournament will be held when the pandemic situation gets normal.
Although the decision has been taken in the right spirit, there are definitely a few consequences of it. CricChronicle takes a look.
India might lose host status of World T20
After IPL 2021 postponement, India’s chance of hosting the 2021 World T20 is minimal. In fact, IPL 2021 was a dress rehearsal for World T20 to check India’s capability of hosting a global tournament amid the pandemic. But the postponement has significantly impacted India’s chances to host the tournament. UAE, which hosted IPL 2020 successfully last year, is the front-runner to stage the event. But BCCI is likely to hold the hosting rights for the tournament even if it is held in UAE.
Aussies stranded post IPL 2021 postponement
With Australian borders closed for all flights from India till May 15, about 24 Australian players and staff members have been left stranded. They are due to relocate to either Sri Lanka or the Maldives till the Australian borders open. And if it does open, these players will have to undergo mandatory 14 days quarantine. Even Bangladesh players will have to undergo 14 days quarantine once they reach home.
Chances of IPL 2021 completion bleak
The chances of completing IPL 2021 is bleak as there is no window available this year. With World T20 set to be held in October-November this year, IPL 2021 just could not be completed this year. But BCCI could decide to complete the tournament next year just before IPL 2022 kickstarts if the pandemic is under control. Another option is to declare IPL 2021 null and void or declare a winner depending on the points table.
Economic crisis, India’s image shattered, and a lot of uncertainty
With India at the forefront of the pandemic, every person, including cricket stars, would be closely monitored when they tour England for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent Test series against England starting next month. This pandemic has affected India’s image severely. And it is going to affect its economy once again. Besides, there is a lot of uncertainty among cricketers whether touring and playing cricket in this global pandemic would be the right move for them.