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KKR sign Bharat Arun as bowling coach ahead of IPL 2022

Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday announced to sign former India bowling coach Bharat Arun as the team’s bowling coach ahead of the upcoming 15th edition of the cash-rich league.

Prior to this, Bharat Arun was the bowling coach of the Indian national team since 2014 and played a crucial role in helping Team India reach new heights. The 59-year-old had represented India in Tests and ODIs and was a very successful domestic player for Tamil Nadu.

Making the announcement of his appointment, CEO & MD of KKR Venky Mysore said: “We are very excited to have someone of the calibre of Bharat Arun joining us as our bowling coach. He will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to KKR’s strong support staff. We are delighted to welcome him to the Knight Riders family.”

On the otherhand, KKR’s Head Coach Brendon McCullum said: “A warm welcome to B Arun to the KKR coaching staff. With a strong and successful pedigree in the international game, I’m sure Arun will complement the current staff we have and I look forward to working with him.”

“His experience at international level and the ability to give confidence and clarity to our bowling group will be important, as we attempt to quickly align a new group of players to the values and style of play for KKR,” he added.

Meanwhile, an elated Arun said. “I’m very excited and looking forward to becoming part of a highly successful franchise, such as the Knight Riders. I have admired the Knight Riders franchise for not only being very successful in the IPL & around the world in T20 leagues but also for the way it is very professionally run”.

Notably, after retiring from international cricket in 1987, Arun had started his coaching career with the Tamil Nadu domestic team and became the chief bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He then took over as head coach of the India Under-19 squad nad had helped it winning the U19 World Cup in 2012, in Australia.

Arun was appointed as bowling coach for team India on 16 July 2017.

Recently after the addition of two new frnachises- Lucknow and Ahmedabad — in the IPL, media reports had suggested that Arun was initially linked to the Ahmedabad franchise and there were speculations that he would join it along with his former Indian team colleagues Ravi Shastri and R Sridhar.

However, the talks did not materialise.

Significantly, Arun’s time with the two-time IPL champions will not be the first time in the IPL as he had spent three seasons (2015 to 2017) with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as their bowling coach before being appointed as the bowling coach of Team India.

Tata to replace Vivo as IPL’s title sponsor from upcoming season

Vivo, the Chinese mobile manufacturer, has reportedly pulled out as the title sponsor of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) from this year following which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced Tata, an Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai, as the replacement.

The development came during the IPL’s governing council meeting on Tuesday.

Following the governing council meeting, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that the Tata Group, one of India’s largest business conglomerates has come on board.

“Vivo has exited and the Tatas will be title sponsors,” Patel was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Notably, Vivo has a couple of years left in its sponsorship deal with the cash-rich league and during this period, Tata will remain the main sponsor.

However, either the IPL GC or the BCCI hasn’t made any official announcement in this regard.

The chinese mobile manufacturer had signed a deal of Rs 2200 crore for title sponsorship rights between 2018-2022 however, the agreement was paused for a year in 2020 in the backdrop of the Galwan Valley military face-off between the Indian and Chinese Army soldiers. In 2020, the rights were transferred to fantasy gaming platform Dream 11.

Later, Vivo was back as the league’s title sponsor in 2021 and the original five-year deal got extended till 2023 due to the one-year break.

After the IPL’s GC decision, the Tata Group will step in and remain the title sponsor for the 2022 and 2023 seasons of the lucrative league.

Meanwhile, the two new franchises of the IPL – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – will receive the formal clearance from the IPL GC.

“The two teams have been cleared and we will issue the Letter of Intent (LoI) after tomorrow’s GC meeting. The teams are through by all practical purposes,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Monday.

Earlier in October last year, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital had bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the IPL for Rs 7090 crores and 5625 crores respectively.

However, CVC Sports acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the league had come under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.

Significantly, CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise had raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC had later tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and moreover, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Later, the Indian board reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India and reports suggested that the initial recommendation from Solicitor General was believed to be positive.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

Hardik Pandya likely to lead Ahmedabad franchise in upcoming IPL seson: Reports

Former Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya is expected to lead the new Ahmedabad franchise in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, likley to get underway in April this year, it has been reported.

Notably, Hardik was not retained by the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians ahead of the mega auction and was released by the five-time IPL champions.

As per reports, Hardik, who hails from Baroda in Gujarat, will lead the Ahmedabad franchise, owned by CVC Capital. however, an official confirmation on it is yet to be made by the franchise.

Meanwhile, several other reports have also suggested that former Indian seamer Ashish Nehra, who had earlier worled with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as its assistant coach. is likely to be named as the head coach of the Ahmedabad franchise.

Moreover, the Ahmedabad franchise, which is owned by the CVC Sports, is also looking to acquired the services of star Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan and former MI wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan.

Notably, CVC was one of two companies to have won bids to own the two new franchises in the cash-rich league from upcoming season.

Earlier in October last year, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital had bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the IPL for Rs 7090 crores and 5625 crores respectively.

However, CVC Sports acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the league had come under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.

Significantly, CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise had raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC had later tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and moreover, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Later, the Indian board reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India and reports suggested that the initial recommendation from Solicitor General was believed to be positive.

On Monday, it was reported that the new franchises of the IPL have received the virtual clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) however, the formal clearance will be given handed to them after a meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council (GC) on Tuesday (January 11).

“The two teams have been cleared and we will issue the Letter of Intent (LoI) after tomorrow’s GC meeting. The teams are through by all practical purposes,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel was quoted as saying Cricbuzz.

Lucknow, Ahmedabad to receive Letter of Intent from BCCI after IPL GC meet

The two new franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – have received the virtual clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) however, the formal clearance will be given handed to them after a meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council (GC) on Tuesday (January 11), it has been reported.

“The two teams have been cleared and we will issue the Letter of Intent (LoI) after tomorrow’s GC meeting. The teams are through by all practical purposes,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel was quoted as sayong Cricbuzz.

Earlier in October last year, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital had bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the IPL for Rs 7090 crores and 5625 crores respectively.

However, CVC Sports acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the league had come under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.

Significantly, CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise had raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC had later tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and moreover, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Later, the Indian board reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India and reports suggested that the initial recommendation from Solicitor General was believed to be positive.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

BCCI reaches to Solicitor General of India on CVC Sports issue: Report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India.

Even as the CVC Sports had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25 in Dubai, the owners is yet to receive a Letter of Intent from the BCCI.

CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC has tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and recently, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

However, now the initial recommendation from Solicitor General is believed to be positive.

“The initial recommendation from Solicitor General is believed to be positive but he is also understood to have advised the BCCI to take a second legal opinion. While it couldn’t be confirmed if the board has indeed gone in for a second opinion, those in the know have indicated that the matter is going to be settled soon, with a committee of legal experts at work,” a report in Cricbuzz stated.

Notably, the retention deadline for the existing eight IPL franchises has been set for November 30. However, the report suggested that due to the present circumstances, it may be extended by a week to allow both new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – equal number of days to figure out their own retentions.

Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

IPL 2022 will be held in India: Jay Shah

In a great news for cricketing fans in India, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah on Saturday said that the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place in India.

While attending an event, “The Champions Call” in Chennai, which was organised to celebrate Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) fourth IPL victory, Shah confirmed the development.

While addressing the crowd in the event, Shah has assured that the cash-rich league will return to India and it will be even more exciting as two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow will be joining the lucrative league.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining,” the BCCI secretary said.

Notably, the Mega Auction for the next IPPL season will be held in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah further said.

On October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich league.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” the board had said.

This year, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg following which, the board had announced to shift the league to the UAE.

Significantly, the complete 2020 season was also held in the UAE due to the pandemic.

Old 8 franchises can retain maximum of 4 players, confirms BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the eight former Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises can retain a maximum of four players while the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will be allowed to acquire three players outside of the auction, which will be held before the 2022 season.

“The 8 existing team will first get the opportunity to retain a maximum of 4 Players and thereafter the 2 new teams will be able to retain a maximum of 3 players before the auction,” the BCCI said in a mail to the franchises on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Indian board also announced that the salary cap for the 2022 edition will be Rs. 90 crore for all the teams.

“The window for the 8 existing teams to retain the players will be from the 1st November 2021 to 30th November 2021. Thereafter the 2 new teams will have the window to retain the players starting from 1st December 2021 to 25th December 2021,” it added.

The BCCI also clarified that the old eight franchises cannot retain more than three Indians (capped/uncapped) players and also limited the number of overseas players in the retention list to two. The BCCI announced that a franchise cannot have more than two uncapped players.

On the other hand for the two new franchise, two Indians can be picked outside the auction while number of overseas players will only be one. Also, the new teams can select only one uncapped player before the mega auction.

The BCCI has also said that there will no Right to Match (RTM) cards in the upcoming auction.

Moreover, the board has also cleared as to how much funds will be deducted from the salary cap of the franchise as per their choices of retentions. Notably, if a team retains four players, Rs 42 crore will be deducted from the player purse while three retentions will lead to a deduction of Rs 33 crores.

For two retentions, the reduction will be Rs 24 crore while for one player, the reduction will be Rs 14 crore from its purse while each uncapped player retained will cost Rs 4 crore each.

Earlier on October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the IPL.

While the RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow team for Rs 7090 crores, Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for rs 5625 crores.

The new franchises will participate in IPL from 2022 season onwards subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play 7 home and 7 away matches.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will need to pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in December this year or January, 2022.

BCCI confirms Lucknow, Ahmedabad as two new IPL franchises

The Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – on Monday bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed.

“The Governing Council of the IPL had issued an Invitation to Tender (“ITT”) to acquire the right to own and operate 2 (two) new franchises. Pursuant to the tender process, various interested parties submitted their bids for the new franchises. The bids were submitted by the authorised representatives of the interested parties at Dubai today,” the board said in a statement.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” it added.

The new franchises will participate in IPL from 2022 season onwards subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play 7 home and 7 away matches.

Commenting on the development, BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd. & Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being the successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India viz in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem.”

“True to IPL’s motto of ‘Where Talent Meets Opportunity’, the inclusion of two new teams will bring more domestic cricketers from our country to the global stage. The ITT process included two interested bidders from outside of India, which strongly emphasises the global appeal of the IPL as a sports property. The IPL is proving to be a wonderful instrument in globalising the game of cricket. I am keenly looking forward to IPL 2022,” it added.

On the other hand, Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said: “It is a momentous day for all of us and I formally welcome RPSG Ventures Ltd. and Irelia Company Pte Ltd. into the IPL fold. We had promised that IPL will be bigger and better from the 15th season and with Lucknow and Ahmedabad, we will take the league to different parts of India. The IPL has established gold standards for leagues across the world and remains a premium event on the sporting calendar as it has grown rapidly in a short span.”

“Despite numerous challenges posed by COVID-19, the 13th and 14th seasons were completed, and the bids prove that interested parties have faith in BCCI and its hosting capabilities. I am thrilled for the people of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat as the long wait is over and they will now have their own IPL team. My best wishes to the two new teams,” he added.

Notably, as many as 10 parties had entered the bidding war on Monday and had got an option to choose from from six centres – Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati and Indore – to base their team in.

As per reports, all the interested parties were asked to submit two envelopes – one for personal and financial credentials and the second for the bid and the entire process was overseen by the IPL Governing Council as well as the BCCI top officials like president Ganguly, secretary Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, vice-president Rajeev Shukla and joint-secretary Jayesh George.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will need to pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in December this year or January, 2022.

Sanjiv Goenka’s RPSG bags Lucknow, CVC Capital acquires Ahmedabad franchise of IPL

The Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – on Monday bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

While the RPSG Group picked Lucknow as their home base with a winning bid of Rs 7090 crores, the CVC Capital went for Ahmedabad with the second-highest bid of the auctioning which is in excess of Rs 5000 crores.

After the development, Sanjiv Goenka, who previously owned the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), said: “A lot of planning and calculation has gone into our bidding.”

“I give credit to personal staff for winning the bid,” Goenka was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Notably, CVC is the same firm which had attempted a deal with La Liga (but was opposed by Real and Barca) and now has an elaborate plan to bring together ATP and WTA Tours with a fund that can go up to four billion dollars.

Private Equity player CVC Capital had recently bought LA Liga and also owns Formula One and Rugby teams.

Notably, as many as 10 parties had entered the bidding war on Monday and had got an option to choose from from six centres – Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati and Indore – to base their team in.

As per reports, all the interested parties were asked to submit two envelopes – one for personal and financial credentials and the second for the bid and the entire process was overseen by the IPL Governing Council as well as the BCCI top officials like president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, vice-president Rajeev Shukla and joint-secretary Jayesh George.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will need to pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

Earlier, the Adani Group was considered to be a front-runner in acquiring a team however, they eventually opted out of the bidding war after their last call of Rs 5000 crore. On the other hand, Torrent, Manchester United’s owner, Aurobindo Pharma and other players didn’t even came close to the Rs 5000 crore-mark.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in December this year or January, 2022.

Last week, discussions on the issue of retention of players took place between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the eight franchise owners following which it was decided that a franchise can retain up to three Indian players and two overseas players with the overall count for retained players not crossing four.

Meanwhile, the player purse will be Rs 90 crore and in the subsequent two years, there will be an incremental hike and the purse will go up to Rs 95 crore and Rs 100 crore.

Earlier, a total of 22 entities had bought the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document from the BCCI, price of which was kept at Rs 10 lakh each.

IPL 2021: MI fielding coach reasons why Ahmedabad became Covid hotspot

In the Test series between India and England in February, 50 percent of fans were allowed at the renovated Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera Ahmedabad, which hosted the third and fourth Tests of the series and now, as the Indian Premier League (2021) has been postponed, Mumbai Indians (MI) fielding coach James Pamment has reckoned that allowing spectators was “irresponsible” and may have led to Ahmedabad becoming a Covid hotspot at the moment.

Significantly, although the first Test in Chennai was played behind closed doors, 50 percent fans were allowed for the second game in the same venue and the same capacity of attendence was allowed at Motera.

Now when the lucrative league’s 14th season got indefinately postponed as several Covid cases surface inside the tournament’s secured bio-bubble, Pamment said after arriving in his country: : “I wasn’t in a bubble in that early period – there was a little bit more interaction in public spaces, there were some political rallies, it was wedding season, they have a few religious festivals around that period and there was just so many mass gatherings that you thought they are running the risk here of allowing it to escalate.”

“There was so much interaction going on in the community,” he was quoted a saying by stuff.co.nz.

“When England toured, there were some games behind closed doors, then they felt compelled to open them in Ahmedabad to the extent they allowed 70,000 people in that new stadium. From my perspective, that was a little irresponsible, and now Ahmedabad is a hot-bed of Covid,” the MI fielding coach conlcuded.