The debate: A lot of debate has been surrounding the resumption of the lucrative Indian Premier League despite the harrowing situation of the coronavirus ‘storm’, as described by PM Modi, in India. The sports league has been criticized for continuing despite the daily infection count crossing 350,000 and over 3000+ deaths daily.
Supporters of the league argue that the league is providing entertainment and escape from the intense situation in the country.
IPL Statement: A statement by the IPL has said that they respect the decision of the players to leave, and assured other players that they are totally safe in the bio secure bubble. Furthermore they added how the players are playing for humanity.
The situation: Matches are currently being played in Delhi, and a Twitter user commented on how a match is happening just a few miles away from where 100s of bodies are being burned in a congregational ceremony due to lack of resources.
Players withdraw: Three Australian cricketers Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Andrew Tye have withdrawn from the league due to the situation, following Ravichandran Ashwin who left the league to be close with his family who are fighting against COVID-19. Adam Zampa said he left the league because of mental health exhaustion.
Players Kane Williamson and David Warner were seen flying to Delhi in full PPE and the picture was criticized for being a waste of resources in such a drastic time