2021 IPL postponed, SRH player tests positive for COVID-19

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    The 2021 Indian Premier League has been postponed, with immediate effect.

    The decision comes after an emergency meeting involving the IPL Governing Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India.

    It also follows a number of COVID-19 cases within the biosecure bubble, as well as the overall situation in India.

    According to ESPN Cricinfo, Sunrisers Hyderabad player Wriddhiman Saha contracted COVID-19, while the Chennai Super Kings squad has gone into a week-long quarantine after its CEO and bowling coach tested positive.

    Yesterday as well, two Kolkata Knight Riders players also tested positive, forcing the postponement of its match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

    In a statement, the BCCI said the decision was taken with the wellbeing of stakeholders, since it “does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL”.

    It adds that it will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.

    The full IPL statement is as follows:

    “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.

    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.

    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 BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.

    The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.”