IPL plays on as BCCI’s cash cow while India’s Covid-19 crisis worsens | Anand Vasu

IPL plays on as BCCI’s cash cow while India’s Covid-19 crisis worsens | Anand Vasu

The Guardian

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With players withdrawing and the death toll spiralling, the financial justification is all that is keeping the show going

At what point during a global pandemic do you ask yourself: must the show go on? The Indian Premier League is now near that point as the action moves to Delhi, the nation’s capital, and Ahmedabad, the new cricket capital. Both are locations that continue to be severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

England’s Liam Livingstone, the Australians Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, and, perhaps most significant, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin have all left the 2021 IPL for Covid-related reasons. While some of those players withdrew citing the difficulty of the biosecure-bubble life, and others because they did not want to be stuck in a foreign country as their homelands began to shut down borders, Ashwin’s departure is particularly relevant.

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