Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently underway. The COVID situation has drastically worsened in the last 2-3 weeks. Due to this, there has been a sudden demand to cancel IPL 2021 mid-way. Here, we will try to analyze this burning issue.
SHOULD IPL 2021 BE CANCELLED ?
In India, there is a tradition that the more popular is an event, the more it is being targeted negatively. The same thing has happened with the IPL over the years. Since its inception in 2008, there have been numerous instances where people, as well as media houses, have objected to the conduct of IPL.
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They keep on saying that a lot of useless money is being spent in IPL which can be used for the betterment of the Country. But the question arises, If BCCI cancel’s the IPL, will the corona pandemic end in our country!!
Has BCCI or the IPL players taken the responsibility to end the COVID pandemic in India? A simple answer to this question is NO. It is not that if IPL gets cancelled, player like Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma, Dhoni would become a corona warriors and start distributing free masks on the road. If he does not play, he would stay in his home in this Covid time. Also, it’s not that the IPL players would start donating 5-10 crore in PM cares Fund.
BCCI is an autonomous private body. They cannot be forced by anyone to donate for any noble cause. It is up to them to donate whatever they feel right. The same is the case with the IPL players.
Is IPL Spreading Corona ?
Had there been a situation where IPL would have spread COVID in India, the demand to cancel this event would have been fair. But, if we look closely, IPL right now is the most safely conducted sporting event across the globe. The West Bengal election, UP panchayat elections and the Kumbh Mela acted as super spreader of COVID. But, if we talk about the IPL, there is almost 0 leniency. The bio-secure bubble makes this event safe and secure, where the players don’t interact with any outsiders.
It is very much understood that the IPL is not spreading corona and the IPL players themselves are also not corona carriers or spreaders.
The main people involved in this debate are the media houses, but they also understand that it’s all TRP. They get a lot of TRP by doing the IPL coverage. The 4’s and the 6’s scored in a match adds to the news bulletin of all these media houses. So, it is not that if IPL stops, they would be happy as this would also mean huge TRP loss for them.
IPL is spreading positivity during corona pandemic
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been an event that was very much required during this national disaster. Every time we open any news channel, we always hear and see the Corona Disaster news everywhere. The dead bodies, the pictures of the ambulance, old age people dying, these things create a panic situation and a sense of negativity around.
IPL during corona pandemic
With the conduct of the IPL, people are now watching something different from this negative news. IPL being telecasted during prime time from 7.30 pm-11 pm has given the Indian people a reason to be happy. They are now watching this event rather than watching Covid news. This is making their mind work properly and have some positivity around.
IPL needs to carry on to spread positivity and bring smiles to the tense Indian faces during corona pandemic.