New Delhi, May 4:
The ongoing edition of IPL has been suspended
owing to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases within the bio-bubble. The decision came after the IPL governing council and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting decided unanimously to postpone the mega event.
"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 IPL said in a statement.
"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," it added.
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Earlier on Tuesday, SunRisers Hyderabad's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for Covid-19. SRH was slated to square off against Mumbai Indians later on Tuesday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Prior to this, two KKR players -- Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier -- tested positive for Covid-19."Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19." The IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slated to be played on Monday evening was rescheduled for a later date.
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Apart from this, the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals was also set to be officially postponed as the CSK unit is in isolation after two members of the CSK contingent.
Further, the BCCI said, "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."