Sydney: Australia opener David Warner said watching Indians struggle for oxygen and seeing people a couple of times line up on streets to cremate family members hit visiting players hard during Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I think it really hit home when everyone saw that piece on the TV about what was happening in India with the oxygen,” Warner was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“You know, people on the streets lining up to cremate their family members and we did see that a couple of times going to and from the grounds,” said Warner, who represented SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).
IPL 2021 had to be suspended on May 4 after four of the participating franchises were affected by the virus.
The remaining 31 of the 60 matches will be played in UAE during September-October just prior to T20 World Cup.
Warner said the scenes in India were terrifying.
“Open fields and stuff. You know, it was terrifying. And it was just really upsetting from a humanitarian point of view,” he added before backing the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to suspend the tournament.
The BCCI was adamant on continuing with the tournament despite rising Covid-19 cases. It was forced to stop it only after the IPL bio-secure environment was breached.
“I think the right decision was made (to suspend the IPL). Got into the bubble, which was obviously going to be a challenge once we started moving, getting on and off aircraft,” he said.