Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian captain and the current president of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Mohammed Azharuddin, believes that the BCCI’s decision to suspend the 14th season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] for an indefinite period of time is the correct ‘course of action given the steadily increasing number of cases in the bubble across franchises.

Azharuddin took to his official Twitter account on Tuesday where he wrote-

“In view of the COVID crisis in India and with players testing positive, the postponement of IPL with immediate effect is the correct course of action taken by @BCCI and the IPL governing council.
Hope to see IPL back soon in better & safe environment. #IPL2021 #IndiaFightsCOVID19″

The BCCI, on Tuesday, announced that the 14th season of the IPL has been suspended for an indefinite period of time as it does not wants to compromise the health of its stakeholders.

The IPL was rocked on Monday when it emerged that Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of Kolkata Knight Riders had tested positive for the virus.

IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders, KKR
Breaking News: Multiple Kolkata Knight Riders Players Under Isolation After Falling Ill Ahead Of RCB Clash. (Photo: BCCI)

The match between KKR and RCB on Monday night was immediately postponed by the BCCI with the entire KKR set-up going into isolation.

After KKR, it came to light that CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan, bowling coach L. Balaji and a bus driver have also tested positive for Covid.

While Vishwanathan returned negative in his second test, Balaji and the bus driver returned positive for the second time.

The final jolt came on Tuesday when SunRisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra also tested positive for the Wuhan virus.

”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 wellbeing 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 official statement said.

”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,” it added.

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