Indian Premier League suspended by BCCI due to players testing positive for Covid-19
Among many other things that have been banned in India, Indian Premier League has also a part of the category. After many players and support staff tested positive for Covid-19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended the IPL.
“We have suspended the IPL for now. The new window will be worked out later on. A statement will follow soon,” Patel said on Tuesday.
The decision came after Knight Riders’ spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seam bowler Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday in an IPL match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad and the match was rescheduled.
On Tuesday, IPL Governing Council members said that after Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha too tested positive, the decision was taken.
“After much deliberation, it was decided that the tournament had to be suspended for now,” a BCCI official said.
On Monday, two members- bowling coach L Balaji, and a bus cleaner of the team Chennai Super Kings’ too tested positive for COVID-19.
In the evening, the second report of CEO Kasi Viswanathan came negative and Balaji and the team driver continued to be positive.
Australian players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson choose to follow AJ Tye home and mant other players left the IPL early as Covid-19 crisis got worst.
After spending much of the last 10 months moving in and out of the bio secure environments, Rajasthan Royals batsman Liam Livingstone opted to return to England citing “bubble fatigue”.
Meanwhile, to be with the family, India and Delhi Capitals spin spearhead R. Ashwin cut short his IPL season on April 25.
To ensure the safe travel for the overseas players, the BCCI is now in conversation with the authorities.
“We are in touch with the authorities to figure out how can we send the players back home and we will ensure that everyone is safe,” the BCCI official said.
The Bombay High Court had agreed to hear a plea filed for cancelling or postponing the IPL 2021 due to rising COVID-19 cases across the country.