One franchise in particular took the matter up with the BCCI and said “You can host it after three months, five months, six months. It doesn’t matter. But right now, it needs to stop”.
Broadcasters Star India – who have the biggest stakes in this cricketing extravaganza – too are learnt to be in favour of the tournament being postponed for now.
On Monday night, after players and officials from KKR and CSK had tested positive, along with ground staff in Delhi and Chennai, the BCCI was busy finalising shifting the IPL to Mumbai and cancelling Kolkata and Bangalore as venues.
However, Tuesday’s developments have changed the script once again. As TOI reported, along with Saha, there was also news of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra testing positive, which essentially means that the virus has entered four different franchise bio-bubbles.
With franchises panicking and fear gripping the players and their families who are in a bubble that’s being breached with every passing hour, cricket is the last thing on anybody’s mind.
“And now, the overseas players too want to go home. They’re clear they can’t take this anymore. And it’s understandable why they’re thinking that way,” say those tracking developments.