IPL suspended indefinitely due to COVID scare
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been suspended by BCCI due to COVID 19 indefinitely on Tuesday. The decision ends a month-long relatively smooth run for cricket’s most glamorous league.
The announcement came after SRH’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19 along with Delhi Capitals’ veteran leggie Amit Mishra. Earlier on Monday, CSK’s bowling coach L Balaji along with KKR’s bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy had also tested positive for COVID 19.
The tournament began on April 9 and ran swiftely till 29th match. The final was slated for May 30.
This year’s T20 World Cup is set to be moved from India to the UAE with the BCCI accepting that none of the teams would be “comfortable” coming here because “a third wave” of COVID-19 cases is expected at the time of the global event.
“The suspension of IPL within four weeks is a sign that it’s not really wise to host a global event of that magnitude at a time when the country is fighting its worst health emeergency in last 70 years. There is a chance of a third wave hitting the Indian shores in the month of November. So while BCCI will remain the hosts, the world cup will probably shift to the UAE,” a senior BCCI source told PTI.