IPL 2021 has taken a U-turn with the rising number of Covid-19 cases inside the bio bubble and now, BCCI has decided today to suspend the tournament indefinitely. It is a huge disappointment for all the fans, who were expecting the tournament to be successful in India, and now, the World T20 in India is at a big risk.
With all the circumstances that have been surrounding the tournament, it was a big effort from the BCCI to have run the tournament until now and with the pandemic situation, the suspension of the IPL was on the cards already. The BCCI might now have to wait for the situation to get under control and then plan for the tournament again.
Lot Of Players Testing Positive For Covid-19
The Reason behind suspending the tournament at the midway is certainly the number of players inside the bio bubble starting to test positive. The latest addition to the list is Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals leg spinner, Amit Mishra. Yesterday, two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the virus and it led to the postponement of yesterday’s IPL game.
Apart from these players, three support staff members from the CSK side had also tested positive which has made the entire team go under isolation. The situation has totally gone out of hand and BCCI had to make a decision by discussing with the franchises and on the request of the franchises, BCCI decided to suspend IPL 2021 amid the Covid-19 scare.
Doubts Over Player’s Availability
Already, five players have pulled out of the IPL citing the Covid cases and commentator Michael Slater also made an exit earlier to the Maldives to return to his home nation. Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Liam Livingstone, Andrew Tye, and R Ashwin left the bio-bubble midway. There was huge concern over the other player’s availability as the nations started to ban people from India.
The whole situation of the country is under the scanner and suspending the tournament might be the right call from the BCCI considering the security of the players.