Amid rising Covid-19 cases within the bio-bubble in the league, IPL 2021 has been suspended indefinitely by the BCCI. A few Covid cases have been reported among four different franchises recently.
Yesterday, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19 from Kolkata Knight Riders. Two members from Chennai Super Kings, including Lakshmipati Balaji, had contacted the virus. Today, Wriddhiman Saha from Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals‘ Amit Mishra have tested positive too.
The recent positive cases have forced the Indian cricket Board to take the harsh call on the league. Earlier, there were speculations of shifting the entire remainder of the tournament to Mumbai that is reporting a decline in the Covid cases recently. But the news of a couple more cases has left no choice for the governing body but to suspend the league.
The Board released an official statement which is as follows. “The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect.
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 wellbeing 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.
The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times”.