IPL 2021 has been called off; players being sent back home
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed by BCCI. They already postponed yesterday's game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore as Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were tested positive for the deadly virus.
Today, the Delhi Capitals' experienced spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad's wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha have also tested positive of COVID-19.
After considering the ongoing situation, BCCI come up with an official confirmation on the Twitter handle and wrote "UPDATE: 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."
Here is the official tweet from IPL:
UPDATE: 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.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2021
Details - https://t.co/OgYXPj9FQy pic.twitter.com/lYmjBId8gL
See the reaction of the fans:
I'm shocked and saddened at how IPL is being conducted in this country with covid situation getting totally out of control.Stop this season asap,cancel all games, give the trophy to RCB.Their fans have suffered a lot in the past and they deserve all the happiness. 💔— Muskan Gupta (@MuskanG95387750) May 4, 2021
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— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 4, 2021
On the IPL being suspended & Australian players: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said there won't be exceptions for them. Players will have to stay in India until travel ban lifts or travel to another country for two weeks before coming back to Australia. #IPL2021— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) May 4, 2021
This is what happens to IPL when the IPL GOAT himself is disrespected. pic.twitter.com/Y61rF2ngt5— DW31 FOREVER (@jersey_no_46) May 4, 2021
Er... can Kohli keep the trophy safely in his house till the IPL resumes? Please, please.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 4, 2021
The postponement of the IPL will be a huge disappointment to so many people but health and safety surpasses everything else in importance. This horrible virus doesn’t discriminate and even the strictest biosecure bubbles aren’t foolproof.— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) May 4, 2021
Karma hitting back at the IPL for this pic.twitter.com/0ScpE6mP3k— That Cricket Guy🐼 (@_Vivek_50) May 3, 2021
This is what happens to the IPL when you drop Warner and Pooran.— Static_357 (@Static_a357) May 3, 2021
More details came from BCCI about the IPL postponement:
BCCI has released press info about the confirmation on the official website of the Indian Premier League. They stated that "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 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."