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Cricket: Indian Premier League helps lift COVID-19 gloom, show must go on, say organisers

Cricket: Indian Premier League helps lift COVID-19 gloom, show must go on, say organisers

28/4/2021 12:50:00 PM

Cricket : India n Premier League helps lift COVID-19 gloom, show must go on, say organisers

NEW DELHI: The India n Premier League ( IPL ) will continue as scheduled, a senior India n cricket board official told Reuters on Wednesday (Apr 28), ...

BookmarkNEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) will continue as scheduled, a senior Indian cricket board official told Reuters on Wednesday (Apr 28), despite fierce criticism of the popular Twenty20 competition being played in the midst of the national COVID-19 crisis.

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on Wednesday, and at least 300,000 people a day have tested positive for the virus over the last week as a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world's second-most populous nation.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn a fevered social media debate over whether the IPL show should go on, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been accused of being"tone-deaf" for its stance.

The senior BCCI official, however, said that the cricket was providing important solace and entertainment to many people during hard times, even though fans are not being allowed into stadiums to watch the games. The tournament is watched by millions of viewers on television.

"It's probably more important now to hold IPL, when there is so much negativity around," the official told Reuters, requesting anonymity."We should not underestimate the power of sport to spread positivity. At least fans are absorbed in it at home. Otherwise many of them will step out without masks.

AdvertisementAdvertisement"The league generates considerable money for the economy. It has to be seen from that context too. How does stopping IPL help?"READ: Zampa, Richardson latest to leave COVID-tainted IPLSatish Menon, the chief executive of the Punjab Kings franchise, echoed the sentiment.

"For people sitting at home, we're providing entertainment. Otherwise they've very little to do," he told Reuters by telephone.AdvertisementAfter four cricketers playing in the league, including a trio of Australians, decided to forego their lucrative wages and head home, the BCCI launched a charm offensive aimed at the players.

Acting chief executive Hemang Amin sent an e-mail to the league's eight franchises on Tuesday, assuring them of the players' safety inside the league's bio-secure bubble. Read more: CNA »

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