BCCI Vice-President, Rajeev Shukla, has confirmed the news that this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has been suspended.
IPL 2021 was going on its own way before two KKR players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrior have been tested positive and the game between KKR vs RCB was postponed as well. While the league was expected to resume on Tuesday, with the match between Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended it for an indefinite time after several players and support staff have tested positive for the deadly virus.
However, on Monday, after the KKR players’ news came out, another news also went viral as CSK bowling coach, Laxmipathy Balaji, and a bus cleaner were also tested positive for COVID-19 as well. Meanwhile, Wirddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper-batsman from SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), has also tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire SRH team went into isolation and the match got postponed as of now.
“We will meet again soon and decide when we can conclude this edition” – Rajiv Shukla
Later the news also came that Delhi Capitals’ veteran spinner, Amit Mishra has also been tested positive for COVID-19 and this became a huge blow to the board as they had to suspend the IPL officially. BCCI, Vice-President, Rajeev Shukla has confirmed the news to ANI that IPL 2021 has officially been suspended and the call on the tournament’s resumption will be taken at a later stage as well.
‘The IPL has been suspended for time being. We spoke to everyone from teams, broadcasters and all those who were involved in it. It was decided to defer the IPL especially looking at the sentiment and current situation in the country. For us players health is paramount and BCCI will always keeps safety first. We will meet again soon and decide when we can conclude this edition, we will have to see when is the next window available,’ said Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice president.