The Indian Premier League(IPL) for the
year 2021, has been temporarily postponed by The Board of Control for Cricket
in India (BCCI).The decision comes after
several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The surge of the Coronavirus in India has
severely affected the country. The situation is absolutely tragic as patients
are losing their lives due to the virus and lack of health facilities in the
country. These situations have also taken a toll on the IPL, with a number of
players and support staff being tested positive for the Virus.
The decision to postpone IPL, is in light of Monday's match where the Kolkata Knight Riders were supposed to
play against the Royal Challengers
Bangalore in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. However, the match was rescheduled after
Kolkata's spin bowler, Varun
Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19.
On the same day, two
members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent namely, bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a bus
manager had tested positive.
Due to the severity of the situation, it
was important to postpone the tournament.
According to the Governing body of IPL, the decision was taken after
Delhi Capital's veteran spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad's
Wriddhiman Saha also tested positive on Tuesday. Various BCCI officials and the
franchises also confirmed this development. "After much discussion and
deliberation, it is decided that IPL has to be suspended for a while now,"
a BCCI official said.
Earlier some players and umpires had
already left the IPL due to the CoronaVirus. Indian ace spinner Ravichandran
Ashwin and top umpire Nitin Menon both left their teams as their family members
had tested positive. Australian players like Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye had
returned home before the travel ban was imposed by Australia for anyone coming
in from India. It will be interesting to see how the mega tournament will be
managed by the officials.