Ahead of their first match of the second-leg of Indian Premier League (IPL2021) against Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) medium-pacer T Natarajan tested positive for the coronavirus.
Following all the security protocols, the yorker-specialist isolated himself from the rest of the squad.
JUST IN: #SRH’s T Natarajan has tested positive for COVID-19.
The player has isolated himself from the rest of the squad.
Today’s match between SRH and #DC will go ahead as scheduled.#IPL2021
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 22, 2021
Six other members of the SRH squad, including all-rounder Vijay Shankar, were deemed to be his close contacts and were also placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.
All the other members, including players and coaching staff, underwent RT-PCR tests once again and returned with negative tests after which, the match went ahead as scheduled at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
When the news broke out, there was a state of panic among fans who feared what implications it could have on the tournament, if they would be able to complete the full event or it would see the same fate as earlier this year.
The last time when the cases had emerged inside the IPL 2021 bio bubble in early May, the cash-rich league had to be postponed mid-way into the tournament.
However, unlike last time, the BCCI and the franchise were ready for all eventualities and it was this readiness that helped them dodge this bullet with ease. This incident also indicated that the authorities had learned from their past experiences and were better prepared to deal with such hurdles along the way.
With so much money riding on the tournament, they couldn’t afford to not complete the event. The way the BCCI and SRH management dealt with the situation received high praise on social media, while critics like Michael Vaughan called them hypocrites for treating the two somewhat similar situations differently.
The Indian players’ refusal to take the field after a COVID-19 breakout within their camp led to the cancellation of the fifth and final match in Manchester but when the same thing happened in Dubai, the BCCI had a completely different stance.
Let’s see if the IPL gets cancelled like the last Test !!!!! I guarantee it won’t be … #OnOn https://t.co/HV7V70i69x
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 22, 2021
Not for the first time, former England captain Michael Vaughan took a dig at the BCCI and highlighted the double-standards of the Indian board. “Let’s see if the IPL gets cancelled like the last Test !!!!! I guarantee it won’t be,” Vaughan tweeted.
Ever since the fifth Test was cancelled, Vaughan has, on multiple occasions, publicly expressed his displeasure and blamed the Indian cricket board for prioritising its cash-cow IPL over Test cricket.
His tweet didn’t go down well with the fans and they bashed him for comparing two completely incidents and creating an unnecessary controversy.
Cry some more. Yes India team canceled 5th test for IPL.
IPL is the main priority. So what?
Cry. Cry. Cry.
— (@LivinginPantEra) September 22, 2021
India did complete the series in Sri Lanka recently with a Covid outbreak in their camp, even if it resulted in them playing a weak team. Agreed that we need more light on what exactly transpired at Manchester, but if the situation gets worse surely they would call this IPL too.
— Raghuraman (@1410Raghu) September 22, 2021
Fourth test wasn’t cancelled b/w Eng and Ind after Ravi shashtri came covid positive. Please don’t compare Apple’s and orange’s.
— Ashish pradhan (@champashis) September 22, 2021
— Ronak (@Ronak58537655) September 22, 2021
I think you don’t understand a player getting affected and the whole support staff getting affected , there’s a replacement for player but there’s no replacement for support staff , no team has 2 head coach! The read why IPl got cancelled at 1st place was covid so stop blamingIPL
— Abhishek (@Abhishe76323060) September 22, 2021
If it’s in such a bubble how has someone caught it
— Neil Fletcher (@neilfletcher72) September 22, 2021
How do you handle insults everyday ?
— Raman (@Dhuandhaar) September 22, 2021
Rather than comparing apples to oranges, Vaughan must know that the two incidents were totally different in nature. The last test was cancelled because a majority of Indian players came in close contact with the assistant physio who tested positive and it created a panic within their camp.
In Natarajan’s case, he was not in contact with the majority of the players and the team had enough options to field a competitive Playing XI, they couldn’t compete, that’s a completely different thing.
The times we are living in, we can’t let one single case jeopardise the whole tournament, that’s just not feasible and it would be foolish to compare Natarajan’s case with what happened in England.Internet Explorer Channel Network