“The BCCI-IPL ought to have donated not less than Rs 100 crore in direction of covid aid,” former India wicketkeeper Surinder Khanna, who was within the IPL governing council final yr because the consultant of the Indian Cricketers’ Affiliation (ICA), informed TOI on Wednesday.
There have been stories that the BCCI had misplaced out on round Rs 2,000 crore because of the IPL being postponed halfway, however Khanna refused to purchase the idea that the Board was beneath the cosh financially.
“It’s a lack of the BCCI’s earnings, that’s all. In any case, the official IPL telecaster (Star Sports activities) has insurance coverage cowl beneath the power majeure clause. The Board nonetheless has sufficient money reserves to hold out what’s clearly its ethical and social duty at a time like this,” Khanna burdened.
“The IPL ought to have been referred to as a lot earlier, and even the franchises ought to have made that clear. Are they solely bothered with earnings, and never involved with the lives and limitless distress of the folks?” stated Khanna, who was the ‘Participant of the Event’ within the first-ever ODI event within the UAE, the Asia Cup, held in Sharjah in 1984.
Like many others, Khanna, who had travelled to the UAE final yr in September-October to look at IPL-2020, too feels that the BCCI was higher off organising this version too within the Gulf.
“The Board has made a multitude of it. I noticed within the UAE final yr how splendidly the bio-bubble created there functioned. I used to be out of the bubble, however was examined repeatedly, and felt secure. Everybody, from the highest to backside, was following the Customary Working Procedures (SOPs) to the T. For this reason we had no optimistic instances when the event started.
“I simply can’t perceive why, simply seven months down the road, did they resolve to maneuver again the event to India? A bio-bubble operates greatest when there is only one metropolis concerned. So, perhaps, when you selected solely Mumbai, it was high-quality; however right here, you have been holding the league in six cities.
“I want I used to be there within the IPL GC in these attempting instances. I’d have insisted that they have to maintain this version within the UAE. I don’t imply to be crucial, however I’m wondering what was the present consultant of ICA (former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha) doing within the governing council conferences?” lamented Khanna.
He additionally had a pertinent piece of recommendation for the BCCI. “Why did the Board not interact the identical company (Restrata) which had created such a safe bio-bubble within the IPL within the UAE final yr? The Board should probe how the bubble was breached.”