New Delhi (AFP)
The Indian Premier League, the richest Twenty20 cricket tournament in the world, was suspended on Tuesday for security reasons as India battles a massive increase in coronavirus cases.
“The Indian Premier League Cricket Board and Control Board in India, in an emergency meeting, unanimously decided to postpone (the) IPL season 2021, with immediate effect,” the organizers said in a statement.
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other participants involved in the organization of the IPL. This decision was made with the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders in mind, ”he said. .
The suspension, which follows growing tournament controversy, comes a day after two players tested positive, forcing a game to be postponed.
India is also set to host the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November.
The big-ticket IPL has been running since early April, even as India’s healthcare system was overwhelmed by a second wave of cases of the virus.
It drew criticism from some who said the contest was inappropriate, while others championed it as a welcome distraction.
Players from all eight teams have been in strict bio-bubbles as matches unfold in six cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai, both severely affected by the pandemic.
“These are tough times, especially in India and although we have tried to bring some positivity and joy, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone returns to their families and loved ones in these difficult times, ”statement said.
“The BCCI will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.”
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