The world’s largest T20 league was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after a number of COVID-19 circumstances have been detected within the match’s bio-bubble.
“Simply do not see the place the hole (within the schedule) is. India come to England for 5 Check matches in the summertime — and that ends round mid-September. Then the T20 World Cup (in October-November), which is meant to be in India – however who is aware of, they might have to maneuver that match to the UAE,” Atherton advised Sky Sports activities.
“There may be perhaps a spot there, however all international locations will have already got their pre-T20 World Cup preparations baked in now — England are because of go to Bangladesh and Pakistan, for instance — and also you’re additionally asking India’s gamers, who’ve spent lengthy, lengthy durations inside these bubbles, after which asking them to spend extra time in a single, it appears onerous to me,” he stated.
Atherton stated the writing was on the wall after 4 groups reported constructive circumstances.
“It grew to become inevitable as soon as the Covid circumstances acquired contained in the franchises’ bubbles…as soon as that occurred, the match grew to become unimaginable actually.
“Up till that time, they might make an argument that in a reasonably horrendous time for India, the IPL was offering a little bit of every day respite for individuals to observe within the night.
“That argument held water, nearly, but it surely did not as soon as the bubbles have been breached,” stated Atherton.
Twenty 9 out of the 60 video games have been accomplished earlier than the match was suspended.