As players, support staff contract virus, BCCI suspends IPL indefinitely

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As players, support staff contract virus, BCCI suspends IPL indefinitely

The decision was taken after Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Shah tested positive on Tuesday

As players, support staff contract virus, BCCI suspends IPL indefinitely

New Delhi: India is battling with the coronavirus as the cases are increasing day by day. The tally crossed over the 2 crore mark with over 3.57 lakh new infections in the last 24 hours. The fatality rate is also increasing on a daily basis and India reported 3,449 deaths in a day. The situation is very critical and the people are keeping themselves inside their homes.

During this pandemic, Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was going on. But the players and support staff have also started getting infected by the coronavirus recently. Now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the IPL 2021 indefinitely. The decision came after the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was postponed on Monday as two players in the KKR squad were found positive.

According to the IPL governing council members, the decision was taken after Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Shah also tested positive on Tuesday. Former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad had also given his opinion on the matter. Azad had said that the IPL should be positioned as the players are also getting infected by the virus. Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy from KKR and CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan, a bus cleaner, and bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji were also tested positive.

Australian commentator and former player Michael Slater, also left the IPL and escaped to the Maldives had said that he has not made a penny by leaving IPL in  the mid-way. And KKR mentor David Hussey had said that some of his Australian fellows were also worrid about getting back home. Australian bowlers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson had also flown back to their country earlier.

Twitter handle of IPL shared the tweet, “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.”