Star India, the official operator of the Indian Premier League, on Tuesday backed BCCI’s decision to suspend indefinitely the lucrative T20 event due to the explosion of COVID-19 in its bio-bubble.
The league’s suspension was announced after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wikipedia batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19 together with Delhi Capitals veteran spinner Amit Mishra.
“Star India supports BCCI’s decision to postpone IPL 2021. The health and safety of players, staff and all those involved in the IPL are paramount. We thank BCCI, the IPL Board of Directors, players, franchisees and sponsors for their support, ”Star India said in a statement hours after the BCCI decision.
On Monday, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji, along with Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy, also returned positive results.
In addition, television operators have said they are “indebted” to their employees, broadcasters, production teams and broadcasting teams to deliver the broadcast to millions of homes in these challenging times.
“We also owe it to our employees, on-air talent, production teams and broadcasting teams to do our best to spread positivity by making IPL 2021 broadcast to millions of homes in difficult circumstances,” the statement added.
Earlier, an official statement said that BCCI did not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other participants involved in organizing the IPL.