IPL 2021 takes a pause due to COVID-19, ex-cricketers welcome BCCI’s step

The Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country. The decision was taken by the BCCI after an emergency meeting with the IPL general council after a string of cricketers and other staff tested positive for the virus.

“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 league said in a statement.

A suspension looked almost inevitable after Monday’s game in Ahmedabad had to be postponed after two Kolkata Knight Riders players tested positive for COVID-19. Two non-playing members of Chennai Super Kings also contracted the virus in Delhi.

On Tuesday, Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.