The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed after a few players and supporting staff members tested positive for novel coronavirus.
After the two Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were tested COVID-19 positive, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner Amit Mishra also came in the grip of a deadly virus.
With COVID-19 breaching IPL’s bio-bubble, the Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to suspend the competition with immediate effect.
Following the suspension of the league, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah made it clear that the safety of each and every person involved with the league was the topmost priority for the board.
Speaking to ANI, Shah said, “The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved.”
Earlier, two members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent also tested positive for COVID-19.
Confirming the news, the Chennai-based franchise took to its official Twitter handle and disclosed that CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a support staff member have contracted the virus. They have been isolated from rest of the squad and are being monitored by CSK medical team.
“Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and a member of travel support staff tested positive for COVID-19 on a Test taken in Delhi,” the franchise tweeted on Tuesday.