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BCCI Announces That IPL 2021 Is Suspended Due To The Pandemic

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.