BCCI suspends IPL 2021 indefinitely as COVID-19 disaster strikes the league

“Yes, IPL 2021 is suspended due to rising Covid-19 cases. Other modalities will be worked out in consultation with franchises. GC and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly are putting head together in this matter,” a senior BCCI official told Mykhel.

Two players from Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach L Balaji were amongst those who tested positive for the deadly virus, putting things in disarray.

The BCCI was forced to postpone Match 30 of IPL 2021 between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday (May 3) after two players from the Kolkata franchise — Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy — tested positive.

On Tuesday (May 4), Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ spinner Amit Mishra reportedly tested positive.

All this forced the BCCI – which has been under a lot of pressure – to take the ultimate step to ensure players’ safety and it’s reputation.Earlier it was being reported that the board was considering shifting the IPL 2021 to Mumbai.

The breach of the bio bubble came as a major jolt to the BCCI and the board started considering shifting the tournament to Mumbai and hosting the remainder of the matches at the three venues in the maximum city i.e. Wankhede Stadium, DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium. But it seems the situation went a little out of control and forced the board to suspend it for an indefinite season.

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