The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been suspended indefinitely by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19.
“We have suspended the IPL for now. The new window will be worked out later on. A statement will follow soon,” Patel told Sportstar on Tuesday.
The decision comes on the heels of the rescheduling of Monday’s IPL 2021 match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad after spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seam bowler Sandeep Warrier of the Knight Riders tested positive for Covid-19.
The decision was made after Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday, according to IPL Governing Council members. Several BCCI officials, as well as franchise representatives, confirmed the news. “After much deliberation, it was decided that the tournament had to be suspended for now,” a BCCI official said.
The BCCI is now in talks with the authorities to ensure that the overseas players travel safely. “We are in touch with the authorities to figure out how can we send the players back home and we will ensure that everyone is safe,” the BCCI official said.