The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday indefinitely suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season due to the rising COVID-19 cases inside their bio-bubble.
The suspension was confirmed by news agency ANI, which quoted BCCI vice-President Rajeev Shukla as saying, “IPL suspended for this season.”
— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2021
The decision comes after it was reported by multiple media organisations reported that Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha has tested positive for COVID-19.
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the development. “The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will try to conduct the event in the next available window but this month is unlikely,” Patel told PTI.
The announcement came after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, and Delhi Capitals’ leg-spinner Amit Mishra tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Earlier, on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the postponement of the team’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad.
Also, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi.
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