BCCI has decided to indefinitely suspend IPL 2021 after multiple players and staff were tested positive for coronavirus. The news comes in after players from Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals were also tested positive. While talking to ANI, the Vice President of the BCCI Rajeev Shukla has confirmed the suspension of this season. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel also confirmed that the season is suspended indefinitely. The tournament is likely to be played in a later window. Meanwhile, reports have suggested that IPL 2021 could be halted for a week before moving the remaining games to Mumbai.
It has just been reported that Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad has been tested positive for coronavirus. The team has been in isolation since Monday. Today’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Delhi was most likely to be rescheduled, but now it stands cancelled due to the suspension.
— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2021
Along with Saha, Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra has also tested positive for covid. The team camp of Delhi Capitals is currently in Ahmedabad. These two cases take a total of four players in three different franchises infected by the virus. Moreover, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings L. Balaji has also been tested positive.
Delhi Capitals was the last team to play against the Kolkata Knight Riders, where Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested positive have been asked to isolate themselves at their hotel in Ahmedabad.
In Delhi, neither the Mumbai Indians nor the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were scheduled to play each other on Tuesday, trained at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground after suspected positive cases among the ground staff.
Although Rohan Jaitley, the president at the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association confirmed that none of the infected ground staff were presented during the weekend games. However, both franchises were not keen on taking any risk after cases in other camps.