IPL 2021: BCCI has decided in favor of postponing the IPL 2021 citing the health of the players to be paramount. On Monday, when the IPL bubble was breached, the office bearers of the cricket board went into a huddle. The event has now been postponed citing health priorities.
In an official statement issued by the BCCI, the Board said that it did not want to compromise over the safety of the players as well as the support staff involved in the sports event. They informed that the decision has been taken because of the health, safety, and well-being of all the stakeholders.
Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice-president, said that the IPL has been suspended for the time being and that they have spoken to the teams, broadcasters, and everyone else involved. Prioritizing the health of the players as well as the current situation and sentiments of the country it was in the best interest to defer the IPL 2021 for now. He further said that they will again meet to decide that when can the event be concluded, they will wait for the next window available.
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By far, Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier have tested positive for the covid-19 and following the queue, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has also now tested positive.
The match scheduled for yesterday, Kolkata Knight Riders VS. Royal Challengers Banglore, was canceled.
Bowling Coach of Chennai Super Kings, L Balaji, has also reported COVID-19 positive and almost everyone in the team, allegedly, had come in close contact with him.
Eyeing the situation getting worse adn slipping out of hand in the past few days, it was crystal clear that COVID-19 was engulfing the IPL. Taking the call, BCCI opted to defer the event to ensure everyone’s safety.