COVID-19 Crisis: With the Covid-19 cases coming out from different franchises, the participation of foreign players has led to a cause of concern. Amidst all that, the English Cricket Board has left the decision to continue participating in the league to its players only. England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson asserted that they are constantly in touch with BCCI but they have left the decision to participate further to its players only.
“We continue to monitor and communicate with our players and staff currently in India. In terms of continued participation, it will be a decision that will be taken by each individual. We acknowledge these are challenging times and our thoughts are with the people of India,” told the spokesperson.
Currently, as many as 11 English players are participating in the Indian Premier League 2021. At the moment, 11 England players, including limited-over captain Eoin Morgan (KKR), are participating in the cash-rich league. The remaining players are Moeen Ali (CSK), Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Sam Billings (DC), Chris Woakes (DC), Jos Buttler (RR), Dawid Malan (RR), Sam Curran (CSK), Tom Curran (DC), Chris Jordan (PBKS), Jason Roy (SRH).
However, it has now been confirmed that IPL 2021 has been postponed indefinitely due to the sudden rise in the Covid cases. The BCCI vice-president confirmed the development to ANI.
“IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now.”
Delhi Capitals were the best team in the tournament, standing at the top of the table with 12 points. Chennai Super Kings held the second spot, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at third and fourth position respectively.