Franchisees and Indian Premier League stakeholders on Tuesday welcomed BCCI’s decision to suspend the tournament indefinitely, insisting that cricket could wait while the country struggles with an unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
BCCI was forced to suspend the lucrative T20 tournament indefinitely in the middle of the season after numerous cases of a terrible virus in the bio-bubble were reported.
“We are all together in this. The safety and security of everyone at VIVO IPL 2021 is paramount and we support BCCI’s decision to postpone the tournament, “said a statement from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore will work in consultation with the BCCI to ensure that everyone has a safe passage home,” it added.
Former India captain Mohamed Azharuddin also praised the BCCI for the right thing by postponing the tournament.
“In view of the COVID crisis in India and with positive player tests, postponing the IPL with immediate effect is the right course of action for @BCCI and the IPL Board of Directors. I hope the IPL returns soon to a better and safe environment, “Azjarudin wrote.
Former English batsman who became commentator Kevin Petersen said it was heartbreaking to see India suffer.
“India – it is heartbreaking to see a country that I love so much. You will experience this! YOU will be stronger coming out of it! Your kindness and generosity NEVER go unnoticed even during a crisis!” He tweeted.
As former Australian cricketer and Kolkata Knights head coach David Hussey took to Twitter to say he was “broken”, the South African legend Dale Stein wished a speedy recovery to the infected.
“Kovid is not interested. He has no favorites. Take care of these patients and we hope that everyone else will return home safe and in good health,” Steyn tweeted.
Otherwise, the smooth running of the tournament hit an obstacle for the first time, after KKR’s match against RCB had to be rescheduled on Monday, after two of his players Varun Chakravarti and Sandip Warrier were positive for the infection.
Later in the day, three non-playing members of the Chennai Super Kings – bowling coach L Balaji, CEO Kasi Viswanathan and the bus cleaner – also tested positive, as India reported a daily COVID-19 number of 3,57,316.
On Tuesday, the cashier of Sunrisers Hyderabad Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals veteran Amit Mishra also proved positive for the dreaded virus, as BCCI announced the delay with immediate effect.
“We take this opportunity to thank all healthcare professionals, government associations, players, support staff and sponsors for all the support. First of all, a big thank you to #yellowve. We will roar again … Soon!”, CSK tweeted on its official Twitter handle. .
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings have announced they will work with BCCI to ensure the safe return of all their members.
“With the postponement of VIVO IPL 2021, the Mumbai Indians will work with BCCI and relevant authorities to ensure safe and secure travel for each member of the franchise,” MI wrote on Twitter.
“Punjab Kings will work closely with BCCI and other authorities to ensure that all team members return home safely,” PBKS said.
Sunrisers also expressed their gratitude to the front line workers and wrote on Twitter: “… together we will fight the situation and come out safer and stronger.”
Former Indian cricketer Vinod Camble has called on everyone to take appropriate precautions.
“We look forward to better times ahead when we can enjoy the game again. But until then, ask everyone to take precautions and get vaccinated as soon as possible. We will come back stronger,” he said.