IPL 2021 | RR vs CSK postponed as Lakshmipathy Balaji tests positive for Covid-19
4 May 2021
The Indian Premier League has been suspended for the season after half the teams went under quarantine due to rising covid-19 cases in the bio bubbles of Ahmedabad and New Delhi, the two venues currently hosting the tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the IPL governing committee has unanimously decided to postpone the tournament in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, 4 May. NDTV quoted BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla about the development.
Earlier in the morning reports suggested that Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals' spinner Amit Mishra tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, 3 May. As per reports, the entire Sunrisers Hyderabad team has been quarantined since last evening and all the close contacts of the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman have been put under isolation. The development means that now, four out of eight teams playing in the Indian Premier League have been quarantined till further notice.
Venkata Krishna B of the New Indian Express has further reported that there were no breaches in the SRH bubble.
An official BCCI release sent to the media houses mentions that the board does not want to 'compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and other participants involved in organising the IPL.'
This inadvertently means that it is very unlikely that BCCI will be able to resume IPL after a week, a development that was reported earlier in the day today.
This is a developing story. More details are awaited.