IPL 2021 postponed indefinitely; BCCI says ‘players’ health paramount’

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The BCCI has determined to droop the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) in the interim. The cricket board workplace bearers went right into a huddle on Monday night after the IPL bubble was breached. They determined to postpone the event.

“The IPL has been suspended for the time being. We spoke to everyone from teams, broadcasters and all those who were involved in it. It was decided to defer the IPL, especially looking at the sentiment and current situation in the country. For us players’ health is paramount and BCCI will always keeps safety first. We will meet again soon and decide when we can conclude this edition, we will have to see when is the next window available,” BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla advised The Indian Express.

On Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was examined optimistic for coronavirus. This got here on the heels of Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier returning COVID-19 optimistic. The recreation between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday was cancelled. Following Saha contracting COVID-19, one other postponement was on the playing cards, Tuesday night’s recreation between Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians.

Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach L Balaji returning COVID-19 optimistic made issues much more difficult. Almost everyone within the CSK staff got here to his “close contact”, which pressured a six-day self-isolation as per the IPL’s Covid protocols.

As per the IPL COVID-19 pointers, “close contact” of an affected individual ought to “isolate for six days” and return “3 negative tests on Day 1, 3 and 6”.

CSK communicated to the BCCI that they wouldn’t be capable to play their subsequent match in opposition to Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.

Over two days, COVID-19 engulfed the IPL and the BCCI had no choice however to droop it. It is learnt that transferring the event to a single venue was by no means an choice, for creating new bubbles in the course of the event was well-nigh unimaginable. Shifting the IPL out to the United Arab Emirates was already dominated out.

“It’s not feasible to take the IPL to UAE now, midway into the tournament,” a high BCCI official advised The Indian Express.

Also, through the dialog on Monday, he didn’t rule out postponement.

“We are watching the situation closely. Can’t say at the moment if postponement (of the tournament) is an option. We are hoping that the situation will get better. We will decide as per the situation,” he had mentioned.

Asked why the BCCI didn’t maintain this 12 months’s IPL additionally in UAE, he mentioned: “We had an excellent England series, where spectators were allowed inside the stadiums. India’s COVID-19 curve had flattened. So naturally we didn’t think about organising this year’s IPL in UAE. In England, Premier League continued when they had a second wave and the country went into a lockdown.”

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