The 2021 version of the profitable T20 league was suspended earlier this week after 4 gamers — Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Wriddhiman Saha, Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the bio-bubble.
“The suspension of the 2021 IPL event due to surging Covid infections and deaths among the many public, and a lot of contributors testing optimistic, was a reminder of the sport’s vulnerability,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
India, which is grappling with a devastating second wave of the pandemic with circumstances rising by over 4 lakh on a regular basis, is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in October-November.
“Within the present disastrous local weather, the suspension of the IPL may additionally produce a precedent. It could result in the World T20 occasion, programmed for India later within the yr, both being postponed or moved.”
Chappell recalled a number of incidents that led to the disruption of the sport prior to now.
“Prior to now, excursions have been aborted and matches deserted for a wide range of causes. Many of those concerned again tales, a few of which had been tragic and others amusing.”
The 77-year-old recollected how poor climate through the 1970-71 Boxing Day Take a look at between hosts Australian and England led to the primary ever One-Day Worldwide.
“In 1970-71 the MCG Boxing Day Take a look at between Australia and England was deserted and not using a ball being bowled after heavy rain ruined any likelihood of a aggressive match.
“That led to the primary ever ODI being performed in lieu of the Take a look at in an effort to recoup a number of the misplaced income. The match was agreed between officers of each international locations with out the gamers being consulted, and this angered many within the England camp.
“It was yet one more arrow within the gamers’ quiver within the build-up to the World Sequence Cricket (WSC) revolution in 1977-78. WSC is portrayed as an Australian rebellion however that belies the truth that greater than 50 gamers from many various international locations had been among the many unique signees.”
The previous Australia skipper additionally wrote concerning the time when Pakistan gamers forfeited a Take a look at in 2006 in opposition to England over ball-tampering allegations.
“In 2006 the fourth Take a look at between England and Pakistan got here to a untimely finish with a lot recrimination. Pakistan forfeited the match after refusing to take the sphere when the workforce was accused of ball-tampering and penalised 5 runs.
“Regardless of cricket using extra sheriffs than you’d discover within the previous American Wild West, the Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, couldn’t be coaxed into taking his workforce again onto the sphere. After a prolonged delay the match was awarded to England on a forfeit,” he stated.
“In a disgraceful try at compromise, the ICC subsequently declared the match a attract 2008.
“Nonetheless, integrity lastly received out in 2009 when the choice was reversed on the behest of the MCC, who fairly rightly claimed that to not uphold the legal guidelines set a harmful precedent,” Chappell stated.