Cricket’s VIVO IPL has been postponed because of an increase in players testing positive for coronavirus.
The news comes amid an escalation of the crisis in India, which has seen hospitals overwhelmed and oxygen shortages in the past few weeks due to rising case numbers.
Before a match, scheduled for Tuesday, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Mumbai Indians, a Sunrisers player tested positive. The news came a day after a Kolkata Knight Riders match was postponed after two of its players returned positive tests.
In a statement, the organisers said that they, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had ‘unanimously’ taken the decision to postpone the season.
The statement said: “The BCCI 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.
“The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.”