BCCI Suspends IPL 2021 Indefinitely After Several Players Tested Covid-19 Positive!
The Indian Premier League Governing Council and BCCI suspends IPL-2021 for an indefinite period with immediate effect. The decision was taken in an emergency meeting on Tuesday after few more players were tested Covid-19 positive.
Covid-19 Breaches Bio-Bubble
On Monday the league match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bengaluru was rescheduled after two KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were diagnosed with Covid-19. The spread of infection also led to postponement of another match scheduled on Tuesday.
The board came in action as two more players, Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Amit Mishra of Delhi Capitals also returned positive results. While Saha was in isolation since Monday, Mishra’s report came on Tuesday.
In a press release, BCCI said, “The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organizing the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.”
Fan’s Mixed Responses as BCCI suspends IPL 2021
The decision has invoked mixed reactions on Social Media with most fans appreciating the decision of BCCI. Though the fans were disappointed and heartbroken too as due to lockdown-like situation in most part of the country, IPL was the only sporting event they were eagerly watching from the comfort of their homes.
India is grappling with the 2nd wave of Covid-19 with cases spiraling up as total cases crosses 20 million, following 357,229 new cases over last 24 hours.
Impact on hosting T20 World Cup
The 14th edition of Indian Premier League returned home after the previous edition was shifted to United Arab Emirates because India was under lockdown then due to the first wave of Covid-19. IPL-2021 began on 9th April with BCCI ensuring all safety norms in place with measures like bio-bubble, compulsory isolation on arrival, close-in stadiums.
The suspension of IPL-2021 has come as a huge setback to the Board for Cricket Control in India as International Cricket Council was closely monitoring the T20 league with the World Cup scheduled later this year.
The probability of T20 World Cup now moving out of India is extremely high now and the likely gainer of all this might be United Arab Emirates once again after they successfully concluded the 13th edition of IPL last year.
Financial Impact to the Sponsors
The sponsors and advertisers too would be disappointed with very limited opportunity elsewhere, they too were expecting the tournament to conclude hassle-free. IPL 2021 has come as a huge opportunity to the sponsors and advertisers with practically zero exposure the pandemic first struck in early 2020. The first half of IPL had some positive news for hem with TRPs souring.
However with pandemic breaching the secured bio-bubble, organizers had to take the decision of pulling it off which they did.
The decision taken by the IPL governing Council & the BCCI is laudable keeping in view the safety & security of all the domestic and international players, the coaching and support staff, the broadcaster crew and security personal involved.
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