IPL suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns

IPL suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns


Delhi Daredevils bowler Trent Boult bowls during an IPL cricket match against the Rajasthan Royals.

Vishal Bhatnagar | NurPhoto | Image by Getty

The 2021 Indian Premier League has been put on hold amid concerns over coronavirus levels in the country.

The number of new coronavirus infections in India topped 20 million on Tuesday with 357,229 new cases reported in the last 24-hour period, putting additional strain on an already overwhelmed health system.

Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – have already cut their IPL seasons short to return home, while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break to spend time with his family.

The regular season was scheduled to end on May 23 with playoffs and playoffs to follow before the final on May 30.

“The Indian Premier League Board of Directors (IPL GC) and the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI), in an emergency meeting, unanimously decided to postpone the IPL season 2021, with immediate effect “, indicates a press release from the IPL.

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other participants involved in the organization of the IPL. This decision was made with the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders in mind.

“These are tough times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring some positivity and joy, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone returns to their families and loved ones in these difficult times. “

Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – have already cut their IPL seasons short to return home, while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break to spend time with his family.

Several England players – including captain Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali – played in the tournament, with the ECB saying earlier on Tuesday that it left the decisions on continued participation to each individual.

The likes of Buttler, Bairstow and Ali, who are members of the England test team, had been faced with the possibility of missing England’s five-day streak against New Zealand in early June, but the postponement of the IPL might see them become available.

The press release continued: “The BCCI will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.

“The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, actors, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners and all service providers who have done their best to organize IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times. “

In this photo taken on October 10, 2020, a taxi passes by a build-up of Mumbai Indian cricketers from the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament in Mumbai.

INDRANIL MUKHERJEE | AFP | Getty Images

ApkGeo News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *