The BCCI announced that the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 2021 season has been postponed with immediate effect on Tuesday.
This decision was taken by BCCI after more Covid-19 positive cases emerged in the IPL bio-bubble after Monday.
The BCCi in the statement said, “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”.
The BCCI confirmed that all players will return to their families after it was found that SunRisers Hyderabad’s(SRH) Wriddhiman Saha in Delhi and Delhi Capitals’ (DC) Amit Mishra in Ahmedabad tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier as well as the ground staff at the Arun Jaitley Stadium have been tested positive for Covid-19.
The 3 IPL teams KKR, CSK, and DC to go into isolation as more Covid-19 positive cases made it impossible for the league to continue.
The BCCI further said in a statement, “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, franchisees, sponsors, partners, and all the service providers who have tried their best to organize IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times”.