New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice-President Rajeev Shukla officially called off the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday after multiple players and squad members started testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
“IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla was quoted on saying by ANI.
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Meanwhile, IPL in their official statement said: “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 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,” the statement further read.
UPDATE: 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.
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Earlier in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cricketer Wriddhiman Shah tested positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of his side’s clash against Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL 2021. Not only that, Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner Amit Mishra also tested COVID-19 positive on Tuesday.
Sources within the SRH camp also confirmed that the wicketkeeper-batsman was the only one in the SRH unit to have tested COVID-19 positive and as a result, the entire team was quarantined.
“Yes, Wriddhiman Saha has tested positive for the coronavirus. Our entire team is now under isolation and there are no other positive reports, rest are all negative,” the member of the team management said.
On Tuesday, the BCCI had announced the decision to reschedule Wednesday’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) match due to CSK bowling coach L Balaji testing COVID positive.
Kasi Viswanathan, CSK CEO, also spoke on the current situation in the camp and said that the team had informed BCCI about Balaji’s RT-PCR result.
“From our end, we had informed that Mr Balaji has tested positive and as per SOP our players have been isolated,” Viswanathan said.
Back on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) duo Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested coronavirus positive ahead of their clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and as the result the match was called off as well.