IPL 2021: Everyone Returns Home with the Tournament Unfinished
The Indian Premier League 2021 has been suspended following COVId-19 cases in multiple franchises. The first cases appeared in the Kolkota Knight Riders (KKR) team as Varun Chakravarthy tested positive. A few hours later, bowler Sandeep Warrier also tested positive.
The cases started appearing in multiple franchises as Chennai Super Kings reported their bowling coach L.Balaji to have tested positive, Sunrisers Hyderbad reported Wriddiman Shah’s case and Delhi Capitals reported veteran legspinner Amit Mishra’s.
The IPL and BCCI officials privately contacted officials from all franchises in the early morning of May 4 to ask their opinions regarding the situation. The officials communicate to the public that all the franchise managers considered suspending the tournament.
In the afternoon hours, the people from BCCI held a meeting and confirmed the suspension of the tournament. The IPL committee is working on the safe return of all domestic as well as foreign players to their homes. The IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel stated, “The tournament has been suspended indefinitely for the safety of the players and all the stakeholders.”
Patel put some hope for the return of the tournament as he added, “Now we have to look for a window. If we get one, we will explore holding it. We’ll have to see if it is possible in September. We need to examine the plans of the ICC and other boards.”