IPL 2021 was suspended after 29 league stage matches after a few positive COVID-19 test results from multiple franchises. There have a number of theories doing the rounds on the possible reasons for the bio-bubble breach.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that air travel in IPL 2021 was probably the biggest issue, which was highlighted by Sourav Ganguly as well.
“I was reading Sourav Ganguly’s interview and the first thing that is coming to mind is air travel. Air travel has been an issue. In the UAE, you were traveling by road. Air travel is a tricky bit, you asked tarmac to tarmac access but you didn’t get it everywhere,” said Chopra.
The commentator observed the growing case numbers in the cities in which the IPL 2021 matches were staged could have also resulted in the spread of infection.
“Secondly in the UAE, the numbers were stacked in favor of the IPL. Here the numbers were stacked against the IPL. As the IPL was progressing the numbers were going through the roof. In the end it is a game of odds, if the positivity has gone so high, it is easy to seep in,” added Chopra.
Both Delhi and Ahmedabad, where the latest stage of IPL 2021 was played, have been severely afflicted by the virus.
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Aakash Chopra feels the teams practicing on multiple grounds during IPL 2021 where the ground staff was not inside a bio-bubble could also be a source of the virus.
“Practice grounds, that’s another issue. If you are going to multiple grounds for practice and the groundsmen there are not in a quarantine, which is difficult to do everywhere in India. If you see the ground in Palam or Roshnara, the groundsmen don’t stay there and the Delhi numbers were absolutely through the roof,” said Chopra.
The former KKR player signed off by stating that the teams did not reserve an entire hotel in IPL 2021, a process that was followed when the tournament was played in the UAE.
“Last but not the least, the problem with multiple cities is that you cannot take the entire hotel. If you are moving from city to city, with teams staying in different hotels, you can take only limited nunber of rooms, unless of course there is one franchise who took the entire hotel everywhere,” concluded Chopra.
The first positive cases were reported in the KKR camp, with Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier being the affected players. Subsequently, cases were reported from the CSK, DC and SRH camps which eventually led to the suspension of IPL 2021.