Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has tested positive for COVID-19, putting question marks on the continuity of the league. The 31st game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which was scheduled to be played on Tuesday is likely rescheduled to a later date.
SRH had a horrendous season, having lost 6 of their 7 games. They are languishing at the bottom of the table. Before their last game against Rajasthan Royals, David Warner left his position as the team captain. Kane Williamson took on the leadership duties. However, what surprised everyone was David Warner was not even included in the playing XI.
Mumbai Indians have made a roaring comeback after winning just two games in the last five. They were coming into the contest on the back of two consecutive wins in Delhi.
SRH suffered a humiliating loss against RR. They conceded a mammoth 220-run total and could score 165 in the second innings, thereby losing the game by 55 runs.
The BCCI has earlier decided to conduct a meeting on 4th May with a view on conducting the entire tournament in Mumbai. However, now it has come out that the cash-rich league has been suspended owing to an increase in the cases of Covid-19.
BCCI’s vice-president confirmed the development to ANI. The source said, “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now.”
BCCI is contacting the franchise owners of all the teams to come up with a decision to reschedule or call off the remaining matches of the tournament as the number of players testing positive for COVID-19 keep increasing every day.
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind.
These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times.
The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.”