IPL suspended indefinitely after multiple test positive for coronavirus

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli gestures on the field during an IPL match. Photo: AFP

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended indefinitely a day after multiple people within the bio-secure bubble tested positive for coronavirus, the league’s chairman Brijesh Patel confirms. 

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla said all office bearers and council members have together decided after talking to all stakeholders including the franchises and broadcasters, agreeing that the IPL should be suspended for now.

“The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect, read an advisory from the BCCI. 

“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 wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind,” it added. 

The BCCI said these are “difficult times” for India and the board had decided to suspend the tournament and send everyone back to their families and loved ones. 

The latest cricketer to test positive for the virus is Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha, who tested positive earlier on Tuesday. This makes Hyderabad the third IPL franchise to report coronavirus cases. 

Kolkata Knight Riders’ players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Delhi Capitals’ (DC) Amit Mishra and now, SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha have all tested positive for the virus over the past couple of days.

Two members of the support staff of the Chennai Super Kings had also earlier tested positive for the virus.

More to come 





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