(Web Desk) – The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season has on Tuesday been postponed with immediate effect following deteriorating situation in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“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 IPL, in an official media advisory, said.
“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.”
The development occurred after the Indian Premier League postponed a match because of the coronavirus crisis for the first time on Monday as two players tested positive, organisers said.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ match against Royal Challengers Bangalore was called off just hours before its start in Ahmedabad after Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier became infected.
Three members of the Chennai Super Kings entourage, including chief executive Kasi Viswanathan and bowling coach L. Balaji have also tested positive, according to media reports.