The Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday, which was welcomed by the teams although foreign players are awaiting BCCI action to return home safely due to stringent travel restrictions.
New Delhi The Indian Premier League (IPL), which has been running smoothly for the last almost a month due to multiple cases of Kovid-19 being detected in a bio-safe environment, was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday which was welcomed by the teams though Foreign players are waiting for BCCI action to return home safely due to stringent travel restrictions.
The announcement of postponement of the league was made after Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra were found positive for Kovid-19. Earlier, Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier of Kolkata Knight Riders were also found positive. Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji was also found positive. “The decision to postpone the IPL 2021 session unanimously with immediate effect was taken at the emergency meeting of the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League and the BCCI,” league chairman Brijesh Patel said in a statement issued by the IPL. The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other competitors. The decision was taken keeping in mind the safety, health and wellbeing of all concerned. ”Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey was also found to be a Corona positive just hours after the announcement. The IPL also said that the BCCI will make every effort on its part to ensure the safe return of the players. Players from England, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries are participating in the IPL.
IPL said, “It is a difficult time especially in India and we have tried to bring some positivity and happiness but now it is necessary that the tournament is suspended and everyone goes back to their family and loved ones in this difficult period.” “He said,” BCCI will do its best to secure the return of the participants participating in IPL 2021. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa Cricket Board welcomed the decision and expressed confidence in the BCCI’s plan to return the players. On the other hand, Australia clearly said that it will not give any concession on the ban on flights coming from India till 15 May. Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association said in a joint statement, “We respect the Australian Government’s decision to ban flights from India until 15 May and will not seek any concessions.”
A senior official said that the BCCI could suffer a loss of Rs 2200 crore due to the postponement of IPL. The final of the tournament was to be held in Ahmedabad on 30 May. Till now it could play only 24 days and only 29 matches were played. A board official said, “We will incur losses ranging from Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 crore due to the cancellation of the session.” It is estimated that there may be a loss of Rs 2200 crores. “BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla said,” We will see if we can find any suitable time for the IPL event later in the year. It may be September but for now it will only be speculation. As of now, we are not organizing the tournament. “Earlier on Monday, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers Sandeep Warriors and Varun Chakraborty also had positive results. Two IPL matches were postponed as the transition progressed. The tournament started on April 9 and it was progressing smoothly till the cases were found in KKR. Also, some field workers of Ferozeshah Kotla ground in Delhi have been found positive. Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rohan Jaitley, however, said that none of the field workers was the one who was given the responsibility on the field. A few days earlier, three Australian players withdrew from the league due to concerns over Kovid-19. and
At the same time, senior spinner R Ashwin of India left the IPL after his family found Corona positive. The IPL was held in 2020 in a bio-safe environment in the UAE due to Kovid-19. Then there were only a few cases of infection before the tournament. More than three lakh cases are coming out in India every day, whereas more than 3000 people are dying every day.
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