IPL 2021 Postponement: A day after the IPL 2021 suspension, Pakistan’s former fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar reacted to the BCCI’s decision through a video uploaded on his Twitter handle. Akhtar stated that he had already predicted that it would happen. He further went on to say that amidst the rapid surge in Covid cases, nothing is more important than saving human lives.
“IPL canceled. I saw it coming & suggested that two weeks ago. Nothing more important than saving human lives during current covid crisis in India.” he wrote as caption.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. The news came out after numerous players returned with positive tests for Covid-19.
Two KKR players Varun Chakravarthy & Sandeep Warrier, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath and bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and Mike Hussey, SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha & Amit Mishra of DC were among the people who had tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.
Of the 56 games, only 29 games were played thus far in the league. However, due to the rise in cases, BCCI had no choice but to call off the league. The board hasn’t made any decision on when they will organize the remainder of the tournament. Reports have suggested that they might organize the tournament in September if the situation gets under control.
All the players have gone to their respective homes. The Indian Cricket Team will now head to England to play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. They will then play 5-match Test series against England before returning to India to prepare for the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup.