The 2021 Indian Premier league season has now been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
A number of players have tested positive for the virus and Monday’s game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore had been postponed after two KKR players tested positive.
The IPL said in their statement that the decision was ‘unanimous’ after an emergency meeting to discuss the season.
The statement said: “The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL”
“This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.
“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 BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.”
Over the past weekend India recorded their highest death toll since the pandemic began. The country has recorded over 200 million cases.
UPDATE: 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.
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