Spoke to Players, They Felt Safe in IPL Bio-Bubble: Graeme Smith

Smith praised the BCCI for how they helped players get back to their homes once the tournament was deferred.

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Graeme Smith addressing a press conference. 

South African players felt safe in the bio-bubble that was created by the Indian cricket board for IPL 2021, the country's director of cricket Graeme Smith said.

IPL 2021, which was being conducted amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic in India, had to be postponed earlier this week after a number of positive tests for the virus came up within its bio-bubbles in Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

"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-19 brings," Smith, a former South Africa captain, said during a news conference,

"Sometimes you can do whatever you want but the BSE - as we've said to everyone - is never foolproof. When COVID is raging in your country there's always a risk. Unfortunately, once it gets inside it's very difficult to predict what's going to happen," said the former South Africa captain.

Smith praised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for how they helped players get back to their homes once the tournament was deferred.

"The duty of care (the BCCI has) shown in getting everyone home has been exemplary. From our own players' perspective it's been made slightly easier in that our borders aren't closed and there's still commercial travel available for them," he said.

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