The BCCI was forced to postpone the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League after a number of positive coronavirus cases emerged inside the bio-secure bubble created by the board. On Tuesday, SRH wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ veteran spinner Amit Mishra tested positive for the deadly virus. This amid the country battling a severe second wave of COVID-19.
After the announcement made by the BCCI, its secretary Jay Shah made it clear that the safety of each and every person involved with the league was the priority. Speaking to ANI he said, that keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 situation, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to postpone the league.
“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,” he said.
On Monday, the crack in the IPL bio-secure bubble began appearing when two Kolkata Knight Riders cricketers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were confirmed to have been tested positive for the deadly virus. Later, it emerged that two non-playing members of Chennai Super Kings camp – bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a member of travelling staff – were also infected.
With Saha testing positive, the game on Tuesday evening between SRH and defending champions Mumbai Indians also needed to be postponed. KKR players already went into isolation, their fixture against RCB on Monday was cancelled and by Tuesday afternoon, the season was suspended.
Of the 60 matches scheduled to be played during the IPL 2021, 29 have been done with.