Following a COVID-19 scare since yesterday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend the 14th edition of Indian Premier League. Yesterday, two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested positive for the COVID-19 infections and thus the entire squad was put under isolation. Post that, in the evening, reports emerged that two members from the CSK squad, which was based in Delhi, had also tested positive.
Just when the BCCI had decided to shift the entire IPL to Mumbai in seven days time, the reports of Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha testing positive resurfaced. Thus, considering the safety of all the players, the IPL Governing Council and the BCCI unanimously decided to postpone the tournament.
The governing body released a statement regarding the postponement of the tournament. “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 organizing 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.”
Stating that they will do everything in their power for the safe return of all the players to their respective countries, the statement added: “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 organize IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times,” it concluded.