The Bombay Debate: Check out the full debate on YouTube

Check out the full debate on YouTube

The full debate can be watched live on The Free Press Journal's YouTube channel and ABP Live. On television, ABP News will telecast The Bombay Debate on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

IPS Dinkar Gupta agrees with Dr Shashank and said that we must wait and be extra careful.

Who will be responsible if a Novak-like tragedy hits IPL?  asks Poonam Dhillon

Commercially driven, who takes responsibility for the players? asks Poonam Dhillor . To this, Paranjpe replies, precautions are being taken with certain protocols in place. Rajput also said that strict SOPs are in place

Isnt happiness important? asks Prof Alok Rai

'Isn't this a shortsighted approach?' Prof Alok Rai asks Ashish Shelar. Today with precautions and with UAE players agreeable and minimize risk. Rai also asks Dr Joshi if happiness is not important.

I think we should wait for six months, Dr Shashank Joshi

Who is responsible for players health? Dr Shashank Joshi

Olympics2020 the biggest brand postponed. Japan Japan has the potential still it took a backseat. Who is responsible for players health? This is not corona appropriate behavior. If we want IPL we should do it in India

Are we bartering lives of people going to play? Dr Shashank Joshi

Are we bartering lives of people going to play? Who will be responsible if someone get COVID-19? I don't think this is corona appropriate behaviour.

There has been no cricket, imagine players mental health, says Neeraj Kumar

There has been no cricket. Imagine the mental state of the player Going out he will be in a bio bubble and it will do them a lot of good.

If football can be there, why can't we hold cricket, says Ashish Shelar

If football can be there, why can't we hold cricket. Yes we need to. But can Dr Shashank Joshi guarantee you won't get COVId-19 sitting at home?

There's no need to take away fun from people's lives, Ashish Shelar

Let me segregate the idea for you. 1. sportsman - need to be on field 2. viewer - entertainment 3. so many allied industries are waiting for safety norms should be followed. India too will benefit. UAE is ready to take on the responsibility.

If this is giving viewers fun at the comfort of their houses amid these times, then we should not snatch away from them.

The Bombay Debate: Check out the full debate on YouTube

BCCI has balanced out financial and medical risk, it is a well thought decision, says Jatin Paranjpe

IPL is a flagship brand. BCCI has balanced out financial and medical risk and has taken a calculated move. Building of a bubble is possible. Its a well-thought decision.

The Bombay Debate: Check out the full debate on YouTube

If IPL is not held, we will lose major chunk of income, says Neeraj Kumar

Neeraj Kumar says that if IPL is the main money earner for the country and if it is not held, we will lose major chunk of income. Govt is helping return to normal in phases. And holding IPL will be a morale booster IPL may attract betting but such people anyways look for reasons to bet.

I'm sure the UAE govt is taking proper care, Lalchand Rajput

Answering one of the questions raised by a reader concerning the safety of players in UAE, Rajput said that the UAE government is surely taking care of the situation there and will ensure the safety of the participants when the IPL begins.

Lives are important and so is extra-curricular activities, Lalchand Rajput

I know lives are important but so is extra-curricular activities. IPL is a big event. I know those who are not playing for the current Indian cricket team and for them IPL is really important. This is the only source of income. Now it is not advisable to hold IPL in India and hence it has been shifted to UAE where there are fewer cases.

If you think cricket is a bigger priority than saving lives, then God help you, says Shashank Joshi

Speaking about the situation in the world, Dr Joshi says, "If you think cricket is a bigger priority than saving lives, then God help you."

Dr Shashank Joshi tells us why he is against the idea of holding the IPL

We are in times of corona and the entire world has stopped due to this. This virus is unpredictable. Likelihood of overcrowding. There will be a congregation of people. It doesn't discriminate between caste and creed. It will lead to high-risk behavior. If you start opening up so fast, it's going to be a high-risk situation. England is past the peak. For the next six months, it's worth taking a break.

The Bombay Debate: Check out the full debate on YouTube

How to watch the debate live on YouTube and on TV?

The Bombay Debate, scheduled to take place on Friday, July 31 at 5 pm, can be watched live on The Free Press Journal's YouTube channel and ABP Live. On television, ABP News will telecast The Bombay Debate on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Who are the judges of the debate?

Poonam Dhillon – Former actor

Vice Chancellor Lucknow University Prof Alok Rai

DGP Punjab Police Dinkar Gupta, IPS.

Who are the participants? 

Dr. Shashank Joshi (Also member of Covid Task force, Govt of Maharashtra)

Neeraj Kumar, ex Police Commissioner of Delhi

Lalchand Rajput, former Indian cricketer and the head coach of the Zimbabwe national team

Jatin Paranjpe, Indian cricketer and BCCI National Selector

Ashish Shelar, MLA & Leading Advocate

Jitendra Awhad, Housing Minister, Govt of Maharashtra

What is the debate about? 

After months of speculations over its future, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will played in United Arab Emirates between September and November - a window which is now open due to the postponement of T20 World Cup.

Well, this year's IPL is slated to be the most-watched IPL in history. But, is it really advisable to hold the IPL at all?

The coronavirus still poses a threat to the world and with no cure for the virus, should UAE - a country where coronavirus is a minor threat compared to India - host the IPL?

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