IPL 2021 suspended amid COVID outbreak in India

As India continues to reel under COVID crisis, the Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to suspend the 2021 IPL season.

“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,” an IPL statement said.

“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.”

Pertinently, two members of the Chennai Super Kings support staff having tested COVID positive. They were scheduled to face Rajasthan Royals tomorrow.

The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was due to take place yesterday, also had to be cancelled after two players from the Kolkata franchise — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — tested positive. Sunrisers Hyderabad then became the third franchise to report positive tests.

The statement continued: “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.”


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