Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia said he was unhappy the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season had to be postponed, but claimed it was the right move. IPL 2021 was postponed on Tuesday due to a wave of COVID-19 cases among players and support staff. Ness Wadia said he was unhappy how the pandemic had “gotten out of hand” in recent weeks, and that the right call had been taken to end the tournament.
“It’s a shame that we had to put the IPL on hold. I think it’s the right decision,” Ness Wadia told The US Express News.
“I think the decision taken earlier to start was also a good decision given everything,” he added.
“It’s unfortunate, the last 2-3 weeks have gotten out of hand. I think we were all pretty comfortable that India is doing better and it’s a shame that she is coming back with such vengeance. “, did he declare.
Wadia said he was unsure of the future of the tournament, which came to a halt just after the championship phase was halfway through.
“I’m not sure it could happen in the future,” he said.
Speaking of people who said it was inappropriate for the IPL to be held as business increased in the country, the PBKS co-owner said: “There will always be a negative point of view, or a point of view that think we could have, should have and if they were there they would have done better. “
“I would just like to point out that this IPL was planned two months in advance. There was meticulous planning. The IPL took place in the UAE last year, and there was not a single case.” , he said.
“If this IPL had gone off, and if almost, if not over 50% had gone without hiccups or cases, people would have said it’s amazing, India is amazing, it’s amazing what the BCCI did, ”Wadia said.
“There will always be opponents, those who say they don’t do things. I think it’s good that we have shown that India can organize international events of this magnitude, protecting people,” he said. he declares.
“There are lessons to be learned as to whether there should be fewer venues, what the gap is in testing. But it has happened with other international tournaments. In Australia, the Australian Open . They had to postpone it, they had to close the France is the same, the French Open was postponed for a week, “said Ness Wadia.
“The world must go on. We are very aware of the issues surrounding our Indian compatriots and citizens of the world. We know there is a pandemic and we must be careful and wise and careful. All due diligence has been done for this. It’s unfortunate that it had to end, but it’s the right decision, ”he reiterated.
Asked about the financial impact of the franchise decision, Wadia said now was not a good time to think about finances.
“I don’t think the time is right to talk about the financial ramifications. I think we just want to make sure everyone is safe,” he said.
“I’m sure there could be, we don’t know. It’s too early,” said Ness Wadia of the chances of the tournament continuing. “The tournament will continue, it’s a matter of time to know when that will happen, when things will get better. I think humanity needs to be healed first and IPL follows second,” he said. he declares.
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