This year’s suspended IPL cannot be completed in India while it battles a raging coronavirus crisis and could struggle to find a slot elsewhere, India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has said.
The Indian Premier League was abruptly halted at the halfway stage last week after several players became infected. India is reporting nearly 4,000 deaths and about 400,000 new cases a day.
“Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL,” Ganguly told Sportstar magazine in India at the weekend.
“There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle,” he added.
Virat Kohli’s side have a complicated schedule in coming months.
India will go to England in early June to prepare for the world Test final.
They are then scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in July before returning to England for five Tests in August and September.
As pandemic case numbers took off in India, more than 10 players and support staff in the IPL teams tested positive in the biosecure “bubbles” set up for the league.
The IPL was halted after four players from Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals tested positive.
Most foreign players have since left India.
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert and Chennai Super Kings’ Australian batting coach Michael Hussey remain under treatment after testing positive. Hussey recently returned a negative test.
“Bubble life is harsh; it’s the toughest thing,” said Ganguly.
“Since last September, a majority of players around the world have been living inside a bubble. There is no option. We can’t play cricket without the bubble.
“Better to be on the field than sit at home.”