IPL 2021 suspended indefinitely
Indian Premier League 2021 has been suspended indefinitely considering the COVID-19 outbreak inside the bio-bubbles of the franchises.
The second wave of COVID-19 is hitting hard in India as the country is fighting hearts out against the virus. In the meantime, BCCI is putting all their efforts to conduct this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League successfully. Though there have been some COVID-19 positive cases around the league.
But those didn’t have any impact on the scheduled matches earlier. Now the league has been hit badly due to the spread of the second wave in India. There are many players and support staff who have been tested positive for the coronavirus in the last couple of days.
Due to the virus outbreak inside the bio-bubbles, earlier yesterday the scheduled game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed. Consequently, the game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was also said to be postponed. However, there is no stopping for the outbreak of the virus in the league.
On Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra have been tested positive for the virus. This has raised severe concern about continuing the league. Now BCCi and the IPL Governing Council have come to a conclusive decision.
The organizers have decided to suspend the league indefinitely. The final decision has been taken after a meeting with the high-level organizers of the league. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the news and said the decision is taken to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the league.
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organizing the IPL,” the statement from organizers said. “This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.”
According to the official statement, the tournament won’t begin in the near future. BCCI will be arranging safe travel facilities to all the people involved in the league to go home safely. The remaining matches may be scheduled when the time and situation permits the organizers to proceed.
“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.”