IPL 2021: The 13th season of IPL has been suspended indeterminately until further notice after some players and support staff from different franchises tested positive for COVID-19. This decision has come unanimously from the Indian Premier League Governing Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after an emergency meeting.
The official statement states, “The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organizing 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 organize IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.”
Why IPL 2021 Suspended?
The questions started to raise to suspend the tournament after two members of KKR tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. After that, the match between KKR and RCB was postponed. CSK was also asked to quarantine themselves as three of their support staff tested positive. In the recent update, Wridhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive for COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 positive cases are coming out from several IPL teams it is clear that the bio bubble of the teams has been compromised.
What questions arise after IPL 2021 Suspension?
The 2020 edition of IPL was held in UAE and not a single positive case was reported during the tournament.
After all these incidents, one of the most important questions that arise is the safety of the foreign players and how will they return home? BCCI has to deal with financial losses that will take place because of the postponement of the tournament too. Earlier, a few foreign players have already left the tournament and gone back to their homes.