IPL 2021 postponed due to found cases in players
has been suspended indefinitely following a rise in cases of COVID-19 within the bio bubble.
The latest development to trigger a total rethink on the tournament is the positive COVID-19 test result of Sunrisers Hyderabad team two players Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra.
Around 12 noon, the top brass of the BCCI was to meet to take a final call on the fate of the tournament with rescheduling the entire tournament being one of the agenda points. The BCCI had contemplated moving the whole bandwagon to one city but new positive cases in the IPL bubble did not leave them with much of a choice.
Some IPL officials dialled a few franchises to know their views on the tournament’s future. A few of them are learnt to have suggested to call it off totally.
Even the Governing Council (GC) of the IPL saw varying opinions with at least one prominent member of the council wanting to continue with the league. But in the end, Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put his foot down and insisted on cancellation.*
This was followed by a statement on the decision from BCCI which assured the participants of a safe travel back home.
“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 well-being 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,” read a statement from BCCI.