India Cricket Control Council (BCCI) Vice Chairman Rajiv Shukla announced on Tuesday May 4 that the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been suspended due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
However, the fate of the IPL suspension was taken in just 10 minutes. To keep it short and simple, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had informed the IPL General Council that he would not be able to continue the cash-rich tournament after the bio-bubble breach.
Shah also added that player safety is the board’s top priority and that there is no compromise on this. According to UK Time News, one member wanted the lucrative T20 league to continue, but after others disagreed, it was suspended.
While the event ran into problems after two Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players tested positive for COVID-19, however, things started to go from bad to worse once wicket keeper and batsman Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), tested positive before the game with the Mumbai Indians. (MID). Once this happened, Shah spoke to the officials and the event was put on hold.
“Frankly, things started to fall apart once the positive cases emerged in the bio-bubble. We don’t know how many players, coaches and support staff will test positive in the next few days. “Secure bubble no longer existed and everyone was worried. There was no other option. We couldn’t continue the tournament,” said a senior BCCI official, who was part of the meeting. UK Time News.
BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla said: “We have no choice but to postpone the tournament as more cases have been detected in the last few days. We have kept all precautions and protocols in place, but the virus still crept in. We had a discussion. and we all thought it was a good time to postpone the tournament. “
While reports suggest BCCI are considering hosting the remaining matches in the UAE after the T20 World Cup, there is nothing official at this time.