In a major development, BCCI Vice-president Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday announced that ongoing IPL 2021 has been suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases. Despite living in a bio-bubble, cases were identified from the CSK, KKR, and SRH camps, prompting the decision to suspend IPL 2021.
"The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will try to conduct the event in the next available window but this month is unlikely," league chairman Brijesh Patel told.
“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.
On Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was tested positive for coronavirus. This came on the heels of Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier returning COVID-19 positive. Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach L Balaji returning COVID-19 positive made things even more complicated.