The 2021 IPL has always going to be a challenging affair for the BCCI with the number of cases in India rising rapidly. It is clearly too early to say as the fallout from the postponement of the IPL is yet to settle, after the number of cases inside the bubble began to rise over the last few days. While BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal concedes that the board and members for the IPL governing council not prepared to tackle the second wave of the pandemic that is still ravaging the country. Things started unravelling once the positive cases emerged within the bio-bubble. How did it all began in the first place. As per TOI, Varun Chakravarthy, who, according to the official statement had gone to a hospital in Ahmadabad for shoulder scans, had actually complained for abdominal inflammation and sought treatment. After the visit Chakravarthy had his meal besides Sandeep Warrier, the second person infected in the KKR camp. While Ahmedabad, both KKR and DC had their practice sessions at the same time at the Narendra Modi Stadium and Warrier had reportedly got in contact with Amit Mishra. Chakravarthy did not attend the session after being unwell and went into isolation. Mishra returned to the team hotel after practice and complained about not feeling well. That is when the spinner too was put under isolation and further tests were carried out.
The franchises then worked towards a daily testing routine, to identify if any other positive cases were emerging and concluded that the rest of the camp was negative. However, since the GPS system provided to the players by the franchises proved to be faulty, the BCCI and the franchises arae manually determining contact tracing. he IPL has been taking place in Ahmedabad at a time when the city and the state of Gujarat is ravaged by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 70,602 have so far been infected and 834 have died of Covid-19 in Gujarat since the first IPL match was played in Ahmedabad on April 26. Delhi is faring worse than any other Indian city in terms of COVID-19 cases. Ten minutes was all it took for BCCI to pull the plug on IPL 2021. Secretary Jay Shah was not in favour to put players’ lives in jeopardy and told the members that they might have to suspend it indefinitely. The four teams not affected by the Covid-19 positive cases in their camps have been given the green signal to disperse and have already begun leaving their respective bio-bubbles after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was called off following positive cases in four of the eight teams. While the Rajasthan Royals (RR) players and staff members have already begun leaving the bio-bubble in Delhi, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will leave their bio-bubble in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Punjab Kings (PBKS) members too will start leaving their bio-bubble from tomorrow and day after. Some of the franchises, like Punjab, have made elaborate arrangements, booking different chartered flights for different sectors.