Indian Premier League: 2021 competition suspended due to coronavirus epidemic in the country

Indian Premier League: 2021 competition suspended due to coronavirus epidemic in the country

The IPL regular season was scheduled to end on May 23

The 2021 Indian Premier League has been put on hold amid concerns over coronavirus levels in the country.

The number of new coronavirus infections in India topped 20 million on Tuesday with 357,229 new cases reported in the last 24-hour period, putting additional strain on an already overwhelmed health system.

The regular season was scheduled to end on May 23 with qualifiers and qualifiers to follow before the final on May 30.

“The Indian Premier League Board of Directors (IPL GC) and the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI), in an emergency meeting, unanimously decided to postpone the IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect ”, indicates a press release from the IPL.

“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.

“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 put on hold and everyone returns to their families and loved ones in these difficult times. “

Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – have already cut their IPL seasons short to return home, while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break to spend time with his family.

Englishman Jos Buttler was in impressive form for the Royals of Rajasthan

Several England players – including captain Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali – played in the tournament, with the ECB saying earlier on Tuesday that it left the decisions on continued participation to each individual.

The likes of Buttler, Bairstow and Ali, who are members of the England test team, had been faced with the possibility of missing England’s five-day streak against New Zealand in early June, but the postponement of the IPL could see them become available.

The press release continued: “The BCCI will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.

“The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, actors, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners and all service providers who did their best to organize IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times. “


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