The IPL season 14 has been temporarily suspended after a player from the Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive ahead of their match with the Mumbai Indians. The rising number of cases within the IPL franchises despite the strict bio bubbles is the reason for the season being suspended.
Here is the Indian Premier League’s official statement:
"The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect.
The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind. These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times. The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.
The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times."
This comes after CSK bowling coach L Balaji tested positive for Covid-19. This led to the CSK versus RR match being postponed. Earlier on Monday, May 3, a match between the KKR and the RCB was also postponed after Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy from the KKR had tested positive.
The BCCI has also confirmed the suspension of the IPL 2021 season. BCCI Vice President, Rajeev Shukla said that the decision had been taken keeping in mind the sentiment and situation in the country. He added that the safety and health of players was paramount to them. He also said that they would meet soon again and decide when the remaining matches of the season could be concluded.