The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season has been abruptly suspended as India battles the second wave of covid. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the decision on Tuesday after players from multiple franchises as well as staff members contracted coronavirus.
Earlier today, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Varun Chakravarthy tested covid positive in addition to medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier. Coronavirus has allegedly breached the bio-bubbles of over two franchises. This has caused the entire team of Sunrisers Hyderabad to go into quarantine, reports TOI.
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“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,” said an official statement.
Therefore, today’s match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore in addition to the match between Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians has been canceled, confirms IE.
On the IPL being suspended & Australian players: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said there won't be exceptions for them. Players will have to stay in India until travel ban lifts or travel to another country for two weeks before coming back to Australia. #IPL2021
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Some cricket fans applauded the move, while many expressed their disappointment via memes.
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#IPL suspended for this season: Vice-President BCCI Rajeev Shukla to ANI
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What do you think of BCCI’s decision?