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Cricketers can't just live in their own bubble: Abhinav Bindra questions IPL amid record COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 situation has gone from bad to worse in India and the country is recording over 3 lakh cases on a daily basis now
The situation had come under control in the past few months. But the numbers went up once again in March-April.
The single-day tally of COVID-19 cases recently touched the 1 lakh mark and quickly breached 2 lakh mark as well.
Now, the country is recording over 3 lakh cases regularly and the death toll has also been on the high side. The ongoing situation has seen few state governments imposing lockdowns in their respective states. Delhi, the country's capital, is also under lockdown till May 3.
The restrictions have seen many businesses being closed for the time being as the non-essential services remain closed during lockdowns. Amid this, the BCCI has been staging IPL.
The apex board has already staged 19 matches successfully and a large part of the tournament is still left to be played. Since the country is going through the worst phase of the pandemic, many are also criticising the board for staging the tournament.
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is also among those questioning IPL. In his column for The Indian Express, Bindra wrote that the cricketers and officials can't be deaf or blind to whatever is going outside, thus questioning staging IPL amid the pandemic.
"Cricketers and officials can’t just live in their own bubble, and be totally deaf or blind to whatever is going outside. I can only imagine that while you’re having these IPL games, outside the stadium you have ambulances going to hospitals. I don’t know how the coverage on TV is but I would really appreciate if it’s a little bit muted in nature. I think celebration and everything around it should be at a minimum because you have to show a little bit of respect to society," Bindra wrote for The Indian Express. "If we show some kindness, it’ll help us heal as individuals and as a nation. That process is not going to be easy. We know the pandemic isn’t ending tomorrow, but we don’t know what the endgame is. So many people are going to lose their lives, so many families are going to be affected… it’s going to be so tough."

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