The Indian Premier League has been postponed with immediate effect due to the worsening Covid-19 crisis in the country.
Competition continues amid a public health emergency due to a massive coronavirus outbreak, but with multiple reports of franchise bubbles being breached by positive cases, the Council’s Cricket Control Board The Indian administration voted unanimously to suspend the action. British and Australian participants are among those now seeking safe transit out of the country.
“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 statement on the official website of 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 suspended and that everyone returns to their families and loved ones in these difficult times. The BCCI will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants in the IPL 2021. “
The Mumbai Indians were due to face Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, in what would have been the 31st of 60 games scheduled, but Sunrisers became the third franchise to return a positive Covid-19 case to their staff hours before the scheduled start. . Two players from the Kolkata Knight Riders and two from the Chennai Super Kings behind the scenes team also tested positive over the weekend, leading to forced quarantine and postponed matches.
The IPL England contingent of 11 is led by Captain Eoin Morgan, with Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Tom and Sam Curran all involved.
Earlier, former Test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater accused Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of having “blood on his hands” as the Covid-19 crisis escalated. Slater, who traveled to India to comment on the IPL, said in a Twitter post that the government’s policy of temporarily preventing Australians from returning home was a “disgrace”.
With the outbreak of Covid cases, flights from India were banned by the Morrison government until May 15. The penalties include a hefty fine or even jail time for citizens attempting to repatriate. Slater, who reportedly flew to the Maldives without returning to Australia after the ban was introduced, said his fellow citizens stranded in India were being overlooked by their government.
“If our government cared about the safety of Australians, it would allow us to return home,” he wrote. “It’s a shame !! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about sorting [the] quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL, but now I’m overlooked by the government. “