The 2021 edition was postponed indefinitely on Monday, fearing COVID, after more positive tests on Tuesday.

With four biosecures of the COVID-19 virus found in the IPL bubble, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had no choice but to postpone the 2021 edition of the T20 League indefinitely on Tuesday.

“These are difficult times, especially in India and when we have tried to bring some positivity and cheer, it is imperative that the tournament is suspended now and everyone goes back to their family and loved ones in these trying times , “Read a statement released on Tuesday morning by the IPL.

Severe warning

A stern warning was given on Monday. The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was called off after two KKR players – Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier – tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, at least two members of the Chennai Super Kings, including coach L.K.

However, the final straw was when Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi’s capital leg spinner Amit Mishra were found to be COVID-19 positive on Tuesday. This meant that each member of four of the eight participating franchises had to serve at least a six-day separation period.

As a result, a contingent meeting of the IPL Governing Council and BCCI office bearers to discuss the modalities of transferring the remaining IPL Games to Mumbai until a few hours ago, had to make the inevitable decision to suspend the edition. .

safe passage

While IPL officials were trying their best to ensure a “safe passage” for the Indian cricketers in the other four teams, BCCI officials were “hoping” to create a window for the IPL. The most admirable window period seems to be the post-T20 World Cup scheduled in October-November, provided that English and Australian cricketers are available ahead of the Ashes at the end of the year.

He said, ‘We hope that somehow the IPL season will start later this year. Yes, window availability is a huge factor, but from everyone’s perspective – players, management and fans – it would be unfair if IPL 2021 is to be left without seeing a winner, ”said a franchise executive who did not wish to be named. Said on condition of.

Without seeing a winner, ”a franchise executive said on condition of anonymity.