The surge of COVID-19 cases in India & the outbreak of COVID-19 into the bio-bubbles has forced the BCCI to postpone the 14th edition of the IPL on Tuesday. But the BCCI is planning to utilize the September window before the T20 World Cup to finish the remaining matches of the IPL 2021.
Speaking to the media, a senior media Official said that if the COVID-19 situation gets under control till September then they can complete the remaining IPL 2021.
The BCCI is planning to utilize September Window for conducting remaining IPL Clashes!
“Why not? If the foreign players are available & the COVID-19 situation is in control we can definitely look at the September window before the commencement of the T20 World Cup. It can act as a preparation ground for the T20 World Cup”, the Official said. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in India during October & November.
When asked about the situation in regards to the return of the foreign players who were part of the IPL the Official said, “As mentioned by the BCCI, it shall be ensured that the players reach home safely. Planning is going on & a clear picture will be out by tomorrow on their travel routes”.
Earlier in the day, the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said that the BCCI after considering the current situation has decided to postpone the IPL 2021. “The BCCI & the IPL Governing Council have decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved”, he told media.
The outbreak of COVID-19 into the bio-bubbles forced the BCCI to postpone the IPL 2021!
Earlier on Tuesday SRH wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19. While on Monday, two of the CSK staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Two players of the KKR squad were also tested positive for COVID-19 which forced the BCCI to postpone the KKR-RCB match on Monday.
While Saha testing positive meant that the match on Tuesday evening between SRH & Mumbai Indians also needed to be postponed. This made the situation worse as the match between RCB & KKR had already been postponed & the match between CSK & RR was also on the verge of postponement with the CSK squad being under strict quarantine. The BCCI didn’t want to take further risks after the outbreak of COVID-19 in the bio-bubbles & thus the board had decided to call off the IPL 2021 till further notice.