(Reuters) - The Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament has been indefinitely suspended with immediate effect due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country, organisers said on Tuesday.
Here is some reaction to the suspension:
RAJEEV SHUKLA, BCCI VICE PRESIDENT
"@BCCI has taken a good decision by suspending IPL for now. It will be decided later on when to resume it or reschedule it keeping in mind the COVID situation. It's in the interest of players and support staff."
IPL FRANCHISE ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
"Royal Challengers Bangalore will work in consultation with BCCI to ensure that everyone has a safe passage back home."
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA
"CSA supports the decision to put the health and safety interests of all involved in the tournament first and foremost and has made contact with all of the relevant franchises to ensure the expedited travel of all South African players and support staff back to our shores.
"CSA and the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) are in contact with all players and are assured of their safety and comfort in their respective locations."
"Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association understand the decision of the BCCI to indefinitely postpone the 2021 Indian Premier League for the safety and wellbeing of all participants.
"CA and the ACA respect the decision of the Australian Government to pause travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions."
ENGLAND & WALES CRICKET BOARD
"The ECB understands the BCCI's decision to postpone the competition for the safety and wellbeing of those involved, and thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all those taking part in the competition."
MICHAEL VAUGHAN, FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN
"Seems a very sensible decision to postpone the IPL .. Now cases have started to appear inside the bubble they had no other option. Hope everyone stays safe in India and all the overseas players can find a way back to there families."
DALE STEYN, SOUTH AFRICA FAST BOWLER
"Covid don't care. It has no favourites. Get well to those sick and hopefully everyone else will get home safe and in good health."
KEVIN PIETERSEN, FORMER ENGLAND BATSMAN
"India - it's heartbreaking to see a country I love so much suffering! You WILL get through this! You WILL be stronger coming out of this! Your kindness & generosity NEVER goes unnoticed even during this crisis!"
AZHAR MAHMOOD, FORMER PAKISTAN BOWLING COACH
"We are in a worldwide pandemic - faced with several challenges. It's sad to see another big tournament being affected - however it's the right decision taken at this point.
"It's important to understand nothing can be water tight and working against a pandemic is challenging itself."
HARSHA BHOGLE, CRICKET COMMENTATOR
"I guess it became inevitable in the last couple of days. Look forward to calling the action in happier times. The #IPL is a great event and I hope it returns stronger when the world is what we knew it to be."
(Compiled by Manasi Pathak and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge)