Having hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19, the Indian Premier League 2021 has been suspended after a player of Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive ahead of their scheduled match against Mumbai Indians in Delhi on Tuesday. The rising numbers of Covid positives within the IPL bio bubble have led to the suspension of the season mid-way.
A few hours before this announcement of BCCI, The Indian Premier League 2021 were all set to move back to Mumbai this week. The BCCI had been discussing moving the remaining IPL matches to one venue after two players tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp.
The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore had been cancelled on Monday after two KKR players tested Covid positive. The teams are currently in Delhi and Ahmedabad where matches are scheduled to be played until May 8.
The BCCI admits that the logistics involved in this shift will be huge and the entire process needs to be planned thoroughly so as to avoid any breaches. The teams were earlier scheduled to fly from Delhi and Ahmedabad to Kolkata and Bangalore for the final leg of the tournament before shifting to Ahmedabad again for the knockouts and the final. All franchises have refused to fly to Kolkata and Bangalore, given the Covid situation. In fact, franchises that are based out of Delhi are scared, given the rising numbers in the national capital.
KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19 and this led to the IPL rescheduling Monday’s match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad.
In Delhi, five ground staff of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) tested positive and were isolated. Later, DDCA president Rohan Jaitley said the staff members who tested positive were not on duty.
The first leg of the IPL was played in Chennai and Mumbai simultaneously and subsequent legs were scheduled in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata followed by the playoffs and the final in Ahmedabad.
However, with Covid-19 cases at KKR the BCCI had been mulling moving the remainder of the league to one venue.
At the KKR camp, both Warrier and Chakravarthy have been isolated and KKR CEO Venky Mysore said that while Warrier had been doing fine, Chakravarthy is a little under the weather. He informed the reporters that Sandeep is doing fine. No temperature, no other symptoms, and he is feeling good. Varun is still a little under the weather, but better than yesterday and both of them are in good spirits.