Decision confirmed by BCCI on Tuesday
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been suspended following several positive Covid-19 cases across teams over the past couple of days.
The move was confirmed by the IPL chairman Brijesh Patel who said the decision was taken for the safety of all the stakeholders.
In a press release issued by the IPL, it stated that the decision to postpone the event was unanimous.
“The IPL Governing Council and the BCCI in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season,” read the 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 well-being of all the stakeholders in mind.
“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.”
The development took place after the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indian—which was scheduled to be played on Tuesday—was postponed following news that wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was also positive for the pathogen.
It was the second match in two days to be postponed as on Monday, the fixture between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was also postponed after two players tested positive.
Later on Monday, three members of Chennai Super Kings — bowling coach Laxmipati Balaji, chief executive officer K Viswanathan and a bus cleaner – were also tested positive for Covid-19.