The recent proposal of Sri Lankan Cricket Board President Sammi Silva to organise the IPL in Sri Lanka, has caused a lot of hara-kiri in the Cricket World. While a senior official from BCCI quashed the reports of any such official development couple of days back, Sri Lankan Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has also termed it ‘a big risk factor’ amid the COVID-19 threat.
In last two weeks, India has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of COVID -19 cases has already crossed 16,000 mark with the death toll crossing 500. However, compared to India the Island has only 200 cases and in much better control.
But the ace spinner believes that the governing authorities must wait till the virus completely gets eradicated from the world. “It (the offer) is in talks but I don’t see it as a practical solution. The crisis should first be eradicated from the entire world, not only Sri Lanka,” said Muralitharan as quoted by bdcrictime.com
To combat the situation, Indian government has also extended the 21-day lockdown for 19 days more days. With the extension of lockdown, the marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely.
With the future of tournament looks uncertain in India, BCCI might consider the option of organising the tournament behind the doors abroad. But according to the legendary spinner, it won’t be easy for any nation to organise the tournament as “The players coming from foreign countries need to be quarantined for a few days and vaccinated. It involves a big risk factor and all foreign players should agree to come here,” said the Sri Lanka legend.
The ace spinner also opined the tournament and game will also lose its charm in closed doors and no fans. “I see no point in playing matches without spectators. The game cannot survive without spectators. There is no charm then,” said Muralitharan.
In case the IPL gets cancelled, it will bring a lot of chaos and losses for the BCCI and its stakeholders. This is the reason the top brass of BCCI has adopted ‘wait and watch policy’ over the fate of tournament and any decision on the fate of the tournament will only be taken after lockdown ends.