The entire season of the ongoing IPL 2021 has been postponed indefinitely due to four cricketers testing positive for coronavirus. On Tuesday, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla confirmed the report, just hours after Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha were added to the list of covid-19 positive IPL players.
However, the BCCI has yet to make an official announcement, despite numerous media reports suggesting that the season has been suspended for a week and will be relocated to Mumbai once clearances have been obtained.
Two Kolkata Knight Riders cricketers, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, were reported to have tested positive for the deadly virus on Monday, causing a crack in the IPL bio-secure bubble to appear. Two non-playing members of the Chennai Super Kings camp – bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a member of the travelling staff – were later discovered to be sick.
Due to the isolation of KKR players, their match against RCB on Monday was cancelled, and the season was suspended by Tuesday afternoon. The BCCI also intends to restrict the remainder of the season to only one place, with Mumbai being the most likely candidate. However, it is expected that tonight’s match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians will go ahead as planned.
The BCCI is already under fire for holding the tournament amid India’s ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the second wave wreaking havoc. For more than ten days, the country has been registering over three lakh new cases every day, with experts warning that the worst is yet to come.