Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen was ‘heartbroken’ after the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) had to be postponed for an indefinite time period due to the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 in India.
The tournament got underway on April 09 and 29 matches took place before a few cases were reported inside the bio-bubble. Hence, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to pull the plug on the tournament.
The second wave of the infection has gotten India in its grip as the number of positive cases are going up at an alarming rate. Pietersen, who was a part of the broadcasting team, took to Twitter on Tuesday and expressed his disappointment.
The 40-year-old asked the people of India to stay strong in the critical situation and wait for the pandemic to pass. “India – it’s heart-breaking to see a country I love so much suffering,” he tweeted.
“You WILL get through this! You WILL be stronger coming out of this! Your kindness & generosity NEVER goes unnoticed even during this crisis,” he added.
On Monday, KKR’s game against RCB had to be postponed after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the virus. Among the other cricketers, SunRisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra also tested positive. The decision to postpone the tournament was taken after a meeting between the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council.
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. CSK also pulled out of their match against the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday, May 5. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind,” an official statement read.
“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” the statement added.