Hyderabad: The much controversial IPL 2021 has finally been suspended. The BCCI and IPL Governing Council took this major decision after the spurt in Covid-19 cases that were reported in the team and at the venues.
“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,” the BCCI said in a statement
The statement added: “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 IPL snowballed into a big crisis on Tuesday when Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha reported Covid-19 positive. SRH were to take on Mumbai Indians on Tuesday evening in New Delhi. The Hyderabad franchise became the third team to register positive cases. On Monday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders’ match was postponed after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrior of KKR had tested positive.
Even as that match was postponed, bowling coach L Balaji, too, reported Covid-19 positive putting the entire Chennai Super Kings team under isolation. Seeing the growing number of cases, the BCCI finally did take a wise and sensible decision to suspend the tournament.
In between, a PIL was filed in Delhi and Mumbai High Courts for the suspension of the IPL tournament.
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