Amid the Covid-19 surge in India, and the franchise players turning COVID positive, the BCCI has taken a decision to call off the Indian Premier League 2021 matches,. The tournament has reached its midway stage and a postponement was likely given the current scenario after two KKR players and two CSK members contracted the virus. This apart there have been demands of bringing the IPl matches to a halt on Social media as well.
The entire SRH team is in isolation after SRH's Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra tested positive yesterday. Amit Mishra also has tested positive as per reports. That makes a total of 4 players in three different IPL teams to be infected with COVID-19.
Star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter and announced that he withdrew from the Indian Premier League 2021 on Sunday to support his family during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ashwin, 34, a key Test and ODI player, said he would be taking a break from playing in the lucrative T20 franchise tournament with the Delhi Capitals team.
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.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2021
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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 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 BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.