IPL 2021 suspended for the time being as COVID-19 pandemic rages

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases among different IPL franchises, the ongoing edition of Vivo IPL has been suspended for now, BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla confirmed.

"The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season with immediate effect," an official announcement on IPL's Twitter handle read.

BCCI had planned to conduct the 14th edition of the IPL as per schedule despite the devastation caused in the country by the second wave of coronavirus pandemic.

However, their plans took a serious hit when SRH keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was diagnosed COVID positive just before SRH was gearing up to take on Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.

DC's ace leg spinner Amit Mishra, CSK coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a travel support staff member also tested positive for COVID-19.

The future of IPL 2021 looked to be in jeopardy after two KKR squad members, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday due to which the KKR versus RCB game was postponed.

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