Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia said, “It is unfortunate that the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) had to be postponed, but insisted that it was the right decision.” IPL 2021 was postponed on Tuesday due to COVID-19 cases between players and support staff. Ness Wadia said it was unfortunate how the epidemic had “gotten out of hand” over the past few weeks, and that the right call had been made to stop the tournament.
“It is unfortunate that we had to postpone the IPL,” Ness Wadia told NDTV. I think that’s the right decision.
He added, “I think the previous decision to start it was also a good decision given everything.”
“It’s unfortunate that things have gotten out of hand over the last few weeks. I think we were all appreciative of the fact that India is doing a better job and it’s unfortunate that it’s back with revenge.”
Wadia said he was not sure about the future of the tournament, which stalled just after the league stage half-way point.
“I’m not sure, it could happen sometime in the future,” he said.
Talking about people who said it was inappropriate to hold an IPL when cases were created in the country, the co-owner of PBKS said, “There can always be a negative view, or a view that we think we can, should have and They would have done better if they had been there. ”
“All I want to say is that this IPL was organized two months ago. There was a micro-planning. The IPL was held in the UAE last year, and not a single case happened.”
“If this IPL had gone, and if it had gone by more than 0% without any hesitation or case, people would have said it is amazing, India is amazing, what the BCCI has done is amazing,” Wadia said.
He said, “There will always be naysayers who say they are not working. I think it is good that we have shown that India can do international programs of this scale by protecting the people.”
“There will be lessons on whether there should be fewer venues, what the gap is in the test. But it has happened with other international tournaments. In Australia, in the Australian Open. They had to postpone it, they had to close. France is the same, The French Open was postponed for a week, “said Ness Wadia.
“The world needs to move forward. We are very well aware of the issues surrounding our fellow Indians and global citizens. We know there is an epidemic and we have to be careful, sensible and prudent. All the right hard work was done for this. It is unfortunate. That has to end, but it is the right decision, “he asserted.
Asked about the economic impact of the decision on the franchisees, Wadia said it was not the right time to think about financial matters.
“I don’t think now is the time to talk about financial rumors. 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,” Ness Wadia said of the ongoing chance of the tournament. He said, “The tournament will continue, it’s a matter of time when it happens, when things will get better. I think it is necessary to take care of humanity first and come second after the IPL.”