The 2021 season of the Indian Premier League has been suspended after some players were found Covid-19 positive, said the organizers of the marquee cricket tournament on Tuesday.
“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,” IPL said in the statement.
“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, ” it further added.
“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,” added IPL.
The announcement came after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for Covid-19. On Monday, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji along with Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy had also returned positive results.
The spread of infections had led to the postponement of two IPL games earlier. BCCI was also contemplating moving the IPL 2021 to Mumbai for the rest of the season but the rising Covid-19 cases made the tournament progress impossible.
“The BCCI and the IPL Governing Council have unanimously decided to postpone the IPL 2021 till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, employees, the groundsmen, the match officials,” BCCI general secretary Jay Shah told news agency ANI.
Ace cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said on Twitter that the postponement was ‘inevitable’.
“I guess it became inevitable in the last couple of days….. Look forward to calling the action in happier times. The IPL is a great event and I hope it returns stronger when the world is what we knew it to be,” said Bhogle.
“The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will try to conduct the event in the next available window but this month is unlikely,” league chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI.