As the sequel of the grounds of COVID-19 spread on the battlefield, the Indian Cricket Administration has on Tuesday announced that it has decided to suspend the rest of the IPL season 2021 after several players of various teams have tested positive for the pandemic. The announcement has when the current edition is halfway through the season with 27 matches had completed.
The health crisis triggered by the horrendous second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic had sparked the voice from across the country with the demand of suspending the IPL season and several Australian players apparently expressed their decision of thinking of leaving India in the wake of the raging Coronavirus pandemic. However, the government had maintained that the IPL is the only entertainment arena that can divert the people from the crisis.
The reports had earlier said that the IPL players are following the bio-bubble to prevent from getting infected by the pandemic. However, some of the players and staff of the teams had recently tested positive for the viral infection which shocked the fans and the government. While the IPL board had deferred the matches and changed the schedules, it didn't come to rescue the players' post which the BCCI has on Tuesday decided to suspend the rest of the IPL season.
Vice-President of BCCI Rajeev Shukla told ANI that IPL has been suspended for this season. According to reports, the decision of suspending the IPL season has come after rescheduling two matches after some of the players and team staff had contracted the viral infection. The cricket board has rescheduled the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after CSK's bowling coach L Balaji has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
After Balaji had tested positive for the viral infection, all the CSK players had gone through the test and fortunately, all the players have tested negative. This is the second match to be rescheduled after Monday's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match after KKR players Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy had tested positive. The cricket board was heavily disturbed to witness the developments where the players are testing positive for the pandemic.
On Tuesday, BCCI has announced that the current IPL season has been suspended and his announcement has come hours after Sunrisers Hyderabad player Wriddhiaman Saha had tested positive for the COVID-19 viral infection. The reports say that Delhi Capitals Amit Mishra had also tested positive for the viral infection. The official statement from the BCCI said, "The Indian Premier League Governing Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect."
It said, "The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organizing the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being 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, franchisees, sponsors, partners, and all the service providers who have tried their best to organize IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times", the statement added.
With the announcement, the lavish IPL season has come to an end and while the BCCI says the season has been suspended, some reports say that it will resume after two weeks and it's not the permanent suspension of the season. The current and 14th edition of the IPL has begun on April 9 and the matches had held in the absence of a direct audience and with strict protocols. The final match of the season was scheduled for May 30.