With Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 being suspending for an indefinite time after multiple cases in the various franchise, England players have received an ultimatum. The much-secure bio-bubble of IPL 2021 came under scrutiny when Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for COVID-19. As per reports of the Daily Mail, England Cricket Board (ECB) said that their cricketers will be required to undergo mandatory 10-day quarantine after coming back to England.
On Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders’ official Twitter handle announced that their players were tested positive for COVID-19. It forced the BCCI to postpone their clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) later in the day. The crisis deepened when reportedly, three members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent also tested positive for the disease.
An England Cricket Board’s spokesperson said that they are looking a close look at the status and communicating with their players in India. As far as the players’ participation goes, they left it to them and expressed their best wishes for India.
An ECB spokesperson as per the quotes in Daily Mail said, “We continue to monitor and communicate with our players and staff currently in India. In terms of continued participation, it will be a decision taken by each individual. We acknowledge these are challenging times and our thoughts are with the people of India.”
The likes of Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy, and Dawid Malan are part of the marquee T20 league. They have not indicated to return before its end. Liam Livingstone had returned to England citing bio-bubble fatigue. The BCCI has declared that the competition has been suspended for an indefinite time as they had accused of continuing amid a massive humanitarian crisis.