Enough was enough, staging IPL in India was a mistake: England great Nasser Hussain
After successfully hosting England in a full-fledged series in February-March this year, the BCCI was confident of staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) and had successfully hosted the first 29 league stage matches. However, the tournament hit the first roadblock with Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive. 3 more positive cases were reported in the evening.The cases increased to 7 in the next 24 hours, which led to IPL 2021's suspension. The COVID-199 situation was under control in the country when the BCCI made the decision to conduct the tournament in India. The single-day tally started to increase before IPL.Owing to the COVID-19 situation, the BCCI had staged IPL 2020 in UAE. But that wasn't the case this year. Following the suspension of IPL 2021, former England captain Nasser Hussain has opined that the tournament should have been played in UAE and that staging it in India was a big mistake."There was no option other than to call off the Indian Premier League. Not after the bio-secure bubbles had been breached in so many places. Enough was enough. This has become far bigger than a game of cricket. The players are not stupid nor insensitive. They would have been fully aware of what has been going on in India. They would have seen on their TVs people pleading for hospital beds and oxygen," he wrote in his column for dailymail.co.uk."They would have seen unused ambulances waiting outside cricket grounds and wondered whether it was right for them to carry on playing. And they would have been uncomfortable."The mistake was made in having the tournament in India in the first place. Six months ago they held an IPL in the United Arab Emirates and it went brilliantly. Covid rates were low and no bubbles were compromised. They could have returned there," he added.The COVID-19 situation in the country saw a number of overseas players withdrawing from the tournament. Liam Livingstone cited the bio-bubble fatigue while Andrew Tye left for Doha and then to Australia before the travel restrictions which were put in place.A day later, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa also flew home. They followed the same route as Tye.Now that IPL 2021 has been suspended, the BCCI's major challenge will be to fly the overseas cricketers to their homes safely. Barring Australia, others players can fly on their own. Though they will have to undergo a mandatory isolation period upon landing.As far as Australians are concerned, they are not allowed to their country till May 15. Hence, the Aussies might stay back or travel to some other country before flying home.