IPL 2021 suspended: The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended the league with immediate effect and has postponed it to a later date. The news has come out after the rising cases Covid-19 cases.
In the last couple of days, a lot of players have returned with positive results. On Monday, two KKR players such as Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19, which led to the RCB-KKR game suspended.
Later in the day, three members of CSK’s contingent, such as bowling coach, Laxmipathy Balaji who was in close proximity with the players, tested positive.
Recently, Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra also tested positive for Covid-19, which forced BCCI to postpone the competition. While confirming the news, BCCI’s vice-president said:
“IPL suspended for this season,” he said as quoted by ANI.
Over the last week, BCCI has come under several criticisms for continuing the IPL despite the large number of Covid-19 cases. Over 3 Lakh cases have been reported on each day of past 7 days.
“Situation is getting very tricky now. We are completely shocked by positive cases in KKR camp. How and when that happened is yet to be ascertained. These KKR players must have met others and so is CSK support staff members. Though nothing is discussed officially as yet, but like this we have to postponed IPL 2021 as this menace has gripped the entire nation,” a BCCI official told earlier in the day, as per InsideSport.
The BCCI also stated in their statement that it will also ensure the safety of all the players for returning home safely.
“The BCCI will do everything in its power to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021” the statement said.