The Indian Premier League 2021 has eventually fallen prey to the menace of the COVID-19 virus. With multiple players testing positive, the T20 tournament has been called off as of now. There were already growing voices against cancelling the tournament with the condition of healthcare in India crumbling.
The first development in the cycle of events emerged from Kolkata Knight Riders’ camp with Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive. Soon, the news of three more positive cases from the Chennai Super Kings’ camp emerged. It is now learned that Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Amit Mishra of Delhi Capitals have also tested positive for COVID-19.
The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) conducted an emergency meeting and decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect.
BCCI cleared its stance in their statement:
“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 statement reads.
UPDATE: 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.
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