Cancel IPL? India Debates Whether Tournament Should Continue Amid Pandemic 2nd Wave

The ongoing Indian Premier League has been facing criticism from many as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Hindustan Times, five players have pulled out from the tournament so far including Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye and Liam Livingstone citing Covid-related reasons.

However, people online have divided opinions on whether the IPL should continue amidst such a health crisis. While some people believe that the tournament should be called off, others think that the IPL provides a distraction to its wide audience, which during such times is much needed.

In addition to this, the official Twitter account of The Indian Express recently tweeted that they will not be covering the IPL until “a semblance of normalcy is restored”.

“In such a tragic time, we find it incongruous that the festival of cricket is on in India…Cricket, too, must accept that we are passing through an unprecedented crisis,” the statement read.

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On one hand, some highlighted how people turn to the IPL as a much-needed respite from the negative Covid-centered news.

On the other hand, some suggested that stadiums could be turned into Covid wards for the increasing number of patients.

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