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Covid-19 spike drives BCCI to postpone IPL 2021

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally postponed IPL 2021 due to the spread of Covid-19 infection between the teams despite bio-bubble. So far, players and support staff have tested Covid-19 positive in 4 of the 8 franchises.

IPL vice-president Rajiv Shukla said to Asian News International (ANI) that the IPL had postponed this season.

Meanwhile, IPL president Brijesh Patel and BCCI president have also announced that the IPL has been suspended for the entire season to the public.

This decision is due to the increment of the Covid-19 cases. Coronavirus waves have been rampant in India for weeks. On average, 3,000 people are dying every day, where more than three lakh are being infected. Cities that were hosting the IPL, like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, are heavily affected by Coronavirus

There was widespread criticism across India about continuing the IPL in such a scenario. In the first few days of the IPL, there were no reports of Corona outbreak in the franchises. But in the last two days, several cricketers and support staff have been tested positive for the Covid-19 test. Kolkata Knight Riders cricketers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were the first to get tested positive. Later, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and the team’s bus cleaner also were tested positive. Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra have also been tested positive.

Last Monday, the BCCI requested the Delhi squad to quarantine as they played a match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 29. In addition, all of us have been instructed to stay in isolation. As a result, all of Delhi member will allotted in their rooms.

Covid-19 has struck in 4 of the 8 franchises. There is no guarantee that the remaining 4 franchises (Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and Mumbai Indians) will not get affected. So, the BCCI announced the postponement of IPL 2021 without any hesitation.

Meanwhile, Nick Holt, chief reporter for cricket at the Telegraph Sports, and Venkat Krishna of the Indian Express said that talks were underway to run the remaining IPL matches in Mumbai. The new start date of the tournament will be decided based on discussion.


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