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NASSER HUSSAIN: The mistake was staging the IPL in India in the first place... I won't criticise the players - and it had to be called off - but it should have been held in the UAE again The players would have been fully aware of what has been going on in India It has been unedifying at times watching this tournament when people are dying We have to remember the ECB put on matches when our Covid rates were high

By Nasser Hussain for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 22:34 BST, 4 May 2021

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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.

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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 IPL 'unanimously decided' to postpone the season following a rise in coronavirus cases

The IPL 'unanimously decided' to postpone the season following a rise in coronavirus cases

So what has happened over the last couple of days made a highly difficult decision for them.

I have seen plenty of people say, ‘Why have they been playing on when the situation has been so serious in India?’ And I can see that point of view.

It has been unedifying at times watching this tournament when people are dying just up the road from there.

But we have to remember last summer when our Covid rates were high and the ECB — with the help of West Indies, Pakistan and Australia — put international cricket on.

There has also been Premier League football throughout the pandemic and I for one have been grateful for that. It has kept me going at the end of many a day in lockdown to know there was a game of football on at the end of it.

And India really does love its cricket. It is everything for their people and it has clearly brought a level of comfort or distraction from what has become a huge crisis. I don’t think we should lecture them on the rights and wrongs of playing on.

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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

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