BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla clarified on Tuesday that IPL 2021 is and has not been canceled, but has been postponed indefinitely due to the increase in the number of positive cases of COVID within the bio-bubble. He also added that the decision to resume the second half of the league stage will happen soon.
“I want to clarify that IPL 2021 has not been repealed. It’s stopped, it’s postponed, it’s postponed, so it’s going to happen. The rest of this year’s IPL will happen. But in time, when the situation in the curtain improves, a decision will be made, “Shukla told Star Sports.
“Few players wanted to leave the country. They had talked to their franchisees and the franchisees also trusted us. But not many players were ready to leave the country. But with that in mind, and obviously there is a panic-like situation, if people are scared, we need to look at that aspect as well, and we need to take the appropriate steps. So, given their concerns and the concerns of their families, we made that decision, “Shukla explained.
A series of COVID-19 cases forced BCCI to suspend indefinitely IPL 2021, which had finished 29 league games on Sunday. This move was welcomed by all franchisees and TV operators.
The decision was announced after the batsman of SunRisers Hyderabad Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra became the latest addition to the list of affected members in the BCCI bio-bubble. Earlier, Varun Chakravarti and Sandeep Warrier from Kolkata Knight Readers had returned positive results on Sunday. Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L. Balaji was among the famous non-playing employees who gave positive results.
“The Board of Directors of the Indian Premier League and BCCI at an extraordinary meeting unanimously decided to postpone the IPL 2021 season with immediate effect,” said a statement from IPL, read after confirmation of the development by Chairman Brijesh Patel to PTI.
“BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other actors involved in organizing the IPL.
This decision was taken taking into account the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders, “he added.