The Indian Premier League has been suspended amid the country’s devastating COVID toll.
The Cricket Control Council in India (BCCI) made a decision tonight to suspend the league indefinitely after a host of players tested positive for the virus.
IPL President Brijesh Patel confirmed the decision and, in a statement, underlined the safety of all stakeholders involved in the competition.
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other participants involved in the organization of the IPL,” said the official statement from the league.
“This decision was made with the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders in mind.
“These are tough times, especially in India and while 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.
“BCCI will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.”
IPL said the decision was made “unanimously” by the tournament board.
Earlier today, Sunrisers Hyderabad goalkeeper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19, while Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a member of the travel support staff were both tested positive.
More than 30 Australians remain at the IPL, including players, commentators and support staff, with Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting now in isolation, after two of their Kolkata Knight Riders teammates were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus .
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A fierce debate continued for weeks over whether to pursue IPL in India, as the country’s COVID-19 situation continues to spiral out of control.
India recorded more than 352,991 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday as the country’s health system struggled to cope.
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