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Michael Atherton on the postponement of the Indian Premier League 2021: “The IPL is obviously worth a lot of money for the world game … people will be eager to see it staged; I just don’t see where the difference [in the schedule] is”

Last updated: 04/05/21 17:15 pm

IPL 2021 to be ‘hard to reschedule’, says Michael Atherton after tournament postponement |  Cricket News



IPL 2021 to be ‘hard to reschedule’, says Michael Atherton after tournament postponement |  Cricket News







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Michael Atherton calls postponement of Indian Premier League 2021 ‘inevitable’, believes tournament will be difficult to postpone

Michael Atherton calls postponement of Indian Premier League 2021 ‘inevitable’, believes tournament will be difficult to postpone

Michael Atherton said the postponement of the Indian Premier League 2021 was “inevitable” after three franchises returned positive cases of Covid-19 in recent days, while also believing it will be difficult for the tournament to be postponed.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the 2021 IPL had been ‘suspended indefinitely’ amid concerns over coronavirus levels in India.

Two players from the Kolkata Knight Riders and two from the Chennai Super Kings backroom team tested positive over the weekend, resulting in forced quarantine and postponed matches, while Sunrisers Hyderabad became the third franchise to return a positive case of Covid-19 among their working hours. ahead of the scheduled start of their match against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.

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Michael Atherton discusses Sky Sports Cricket live streaming Middlesex vs Gloucestershire County Championship stream

Michael Atherton discusses Sky Sports Cricket live streaming Middlesex vs Gloucestershire County Championship stream

Talk to Sky Sports News Of the tournament postponement, Atherton said: “It became inevitable once the Covid cases entered the franchise bubbles – three or four franchises had to be quarantined or isolated – and, once it did. took place, the tournament became really impossible.

“Until then, they could argue that in a pretty horrible time for India, the IPL offered a bit of a daily respite for people to watch at night. This argument held back the water, pretty much, but it wasn’t. once the bubbles were shattered. “

The number of new coronavirus infections in India topped 20 million on Tuesday, with 357,229 new cases reported in the last 24-hour period.

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Former England drummer Rob Key has said the shutdown of the Indian Premier League schedule is inevitable given the coronavirus situation in the country

Former England drummer Rob Key has said the shutdown of the Indian Premier League schedule is inevitable given the coronavirus situation in the country

The England and Wales Cricket Council is currently in talks with BCCI on how to repatriate the English contingent of 11 IPL players, including limited-command captain Eoin Morgan.

Before they can leave India, players will likely have to self-isolate and provide several negative tests. And with India on the UK’s ‘red list’, they will also have to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for 10 days upon arrival.

“It’s a logistical challenge,” Atherton said. “The IPL has not only a high number of Indian national actors, but also actors from all over the world.

“There are around 30 Australian players involved, although one or two have already returned. There are 11 English players there at the moment. It is going to be difficult to bring these players home; the franchises and the IPL said they will do their best.

IPL 2021 to be ‘hard to reschedule’, says Michael Atherton after tournament postponement |  Cricket News

England white ball captain Eoin Morgan led Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s IPL

“The English players, once they get here, will have to spend 10 days in quarantine, but that now means they’ll be back in time for the start of the international season on June 2, which was not going to be the. case in advance. “

England’s international summer begins with two test matches against New Zealand, followed by a streak of white balls against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, while India is set to surrender for a five-test tour from August. Then there is the T20 World Cup in India in October, and an Ashes tour to follow during the winter.

With the 2021 IPL on 30 out of 60 games scheduled, Atherton doesn’t see how the tournament can be finished with the match list already populated as is.

“The IPL is obviously worth a lot of money for the global game – I think it brings in a third of the game’s global revenue – so people will be eager to see it staged, but the logistics are very tricky for the tournament. now, ”Atherton added.

“I just don’t see where the gap [in the schedule] is. India come to England for five test matches this summer – and that ends around mid-September. Then the T20 World Cup, which is supposed to be held in India – but who knows, they may have to move this tournament to the UAE – will take place in mid-October.

“There might be a gap, but all countries will already have their preparations before the T20 World Cup – England are due to go to Bangladesh and Pakistan, for example – and you also ask the Indian players, who have spent long, long periods of time inside these bubbles and then asking them to spend more time in one, that seems difficult to me. “

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