Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is elated at the response to the Indian Premier League (IPL) which had to be postponed to September due to the pandemic.
“The world needs sport, the world needed life to get back to normal. The entire BCCI team, not just the office-bearers, the employees and staff who work on the ground, they have been in Dubai for the last 2 and half months have pulled off a fantastic thing. The final is not finished yet but I think it was important for BCCI because the IPL is a huge asset for BCCI. From that point of view, we have pulled off a great thing,” Ganguly was quoted by India Today.
In fact there was a time when threat of cancellation of the tournament loomed large amid the Corona Virus attack. But Ganguly and his team did everything possible to ensure the tournament was held. Only two matches including the final are left in the tournament and the BCCI deserves kudos for smooth functioning all throughout.
“We did not know whether we would complete this tournament because there was never a bio-bubble created in the past. We took a lot of understanding from the way England hosted the series in England. But this had far more risk, because that was bilateral and here it was about 300 people in Dubai. All in one place, although the Covid numbers in the UAE was much lesser but still you needed one player or one person from the group to get infected. IT happened at the start with CSK. It was a bit of a scare for all of us whether this will go through. I spoke to Jay multiple times and he was also worried. We have done it but if something goes wrong, what will happen? But luckily, it has been good so far,” Ganguly said.