The Sunday Mirror|May 02, 2021
» ‘Players fear losing lucrative contracts if they quit’ » ‘There’s definitely nervousness at speaking out’ » ‘IPL hiding behind claim they’re still playing for fans’

THE silence is deafening.

Despite soaring Covid-19 death rates, the Indian Premier League (IPL) continues.

And some of English cricket’s biggest names still find themselves taking part in a league that has long since lost its significance against a backdrop of a health crisis that shows no sign of ending.

Sunday Mirror Sport understands that some of the world’s leading full-member nations have approached the ICC to voice their concerns over the potential of the T20 World Cup taking place in India later this year.

But with the exception of Andrew Tye, who flew home from the tournament last week alongside fellow Aussies Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, few have been prepared to openly speak about a situation that transcends sport.

Certainly, no board has been brave enough to stick their head above the parapet and bring their players home.

One of the most senior figures in global cricket has told this paper that this crisis is an indication of India’s power and hold on the cricket world.

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