The director of South Africa cricket, Graeme Smith stated that South African Players felt safe at the bio bubble created by the BCCI for IPL 2021. After several players from four franchises in Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders tested positive for Covid-19, the BCCI suspended the tournament indefinitely on Tuesday.
“In no way would we judge. Having spoken to the players, they felt safe. They felt the BSE (Bio-Secure Environment) was a really good experience in India. They never felt at risk. But that’s the nature of what COVID brings,” Smith, said during a news conference.
“Sometimes you can do whatever you want to but the BSE as we have said to everyone is never foolproof. When COVID-19 is surging in your country there is always a risk involved in conducting a tournament. Unfortunately, when the virus enters the bio-bubble it becomes very difficult to predict what will happen ahead”, Smith said.
The former South African skipper further praised BCCI for taking full responsibility for sending the players home safely.
“The responsibility of care that the BCCI has shown in getting everyone home is exemplary”, Cricket South Africa Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said.
He further expressed his disappointment over Cricket Australia for postponing their tour to Australia despite South Africa reporting less number of Covid cases than India.
“You see some of those players sitting there at the IPL and not making any noise. Having the experience of things here you do see some things differently, and you see a version of double standards. It’s disappointing,” said Cricket Director Graeme Smith.
The IPL franchises have already started off by flying the players back to their respective countries. Australian players departed for the Maldives before heading to Australia. While South African players will travel to Johannesburg via Mumbai and Doha.