IPL 2021 has finally been postponed. Now BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla has announced that this year’s IPL is being postponed. The coronavirus had made a dent in the bio bubble created for the tournament. Players of many teams have been infected with the virus. Voices were being raised for a long time to postpone the ongoing tournament between the second wave of Corona. But in the last 48 hours, the situation had become serious.
The decision to postpone the IPL is affected by the events that took place 48 hours from now. What has happened in these hours, we are telling you:
First Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Varun Chakraborty and fast bowler Sandeep Warrier were found to be Corona positive. After which Kolkata’s match with Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed.
After this, three members of Chennai Super Kings were found to be Kovid-19 positive. Although there was not a single player involved in them. Members found to be Corona positive included team chief executive officer (CEO) Kashi Vishwanathan, bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and team bus cleaner.
Cricket Australia (CA) made it clear a few days ago that it would not arrange a chartered flight to bring home its players playing in the IPL, but after breaking into the bio bubble created for the IPL, not only CA but The England Cricket Board (ECB) had also said to reconsider it. Both CA and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that they are in touch with their players but the decision to continue playing in the IPL is entirely up to the players.
Former Australian cricketer Mailek Slater, who made a commentary in IPL 2021, reached Maldives amid growing Corona cases in India. Slater strongly criticized Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not providing repatriation for his players, saying ‘PM’s hands are stained with blood’.
The match of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals to be held on 5 May was postponed. This decision has been taken after Chennai bowling coach L Balaji was found Kovid positive for the second time as Chennai is going through a week-long hard quarantine. The entire team of Chennai Super Kings was isolated.
The BCCI was considering shifting the remaining matches of the 14th season of IPL to Mumbai. There was a plan to shift the resources in Delhi and Ahmedabad to the Wankhede and DY Patil Stadiums in Mumbai.
On May 4, the news came that Corona report of Wriddhiman Saha, who played in Hyderabad team, and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra came positive.