The BCCI has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after two more players tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The IPL Governing Council and the BCCI unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 with immediate effect following a meeting.
"The Indian Premier League Governing Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India in an emergency meeting have unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect," BCCI said in a release.
The BCCI said it 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 well-being of all the stakeholders in mind,” the BCCI said.
The decision came after Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals (DC) veteran Amit Mishra tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Saha is currently with his team in Delhi while Mishra is in Ahmedabad. SRH were to play Mumbai Indians today evening.
On Monday, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was rescheduled after KKR bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19. Later in the day, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a bus cleaner tested positive, following which the team cancelled its practice in Delhi today.
There is no information as to when the matches will take place. However, postponing the IPL has already raised questions whether the BCCI can host the T20 World Cup due to take place later in India this year.