IPL hit by Covid put on hold, BCCI looks at window after World T20

THE INDIAN cricket board is exploring the possibility of holding the 31 remaining IPL matches after the World T20 in October-November following its decision to suspend the current T20 tournament due to a series of Covid cases, The Indian Express.

The decision to postpone the IPL indefinitely was announced by BCCI after Sunrisers Hyderabad wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra became the last to test positive on Tuesday after two players from Kolkata Knight Riders and two Chennai Super Kings non-player staff.

“We are looking to organize the remaining IPL matches after hosting the World T20 in October-November. If all goes well, we will be hosting both the World T20 and the rest of the IPL in India. The UAE is also an option, ”a senior BCCI official told The Indian Express.

“We are looking for another window, but at the moment we cannot say when it will be postponed,” said IPL Board Chairman Brijesh Patel.

After the Covid outbreak last year, the IPL took place in September in the United Arab Emirates. This time around, the tournament was limited to four Indian cities and 29 matches were played over four weeks, with the final taking place on May 30.

Calcutta spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium pacemaker Sandeep Warrier tested positive on Monday, forcing their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to be postponed.

Chennai Super Kings general manager Kasi Viswanathan and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji also tested positive – Viswanathan’s second test came back negative. Chennai has officially announced its inability to play Wednesday’s game against the Rajasthan Royals.

“The Indian Premier League Board of Directors (IPL GC) and the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI), in an emergency meeting, unanimously decided to postpone the IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect, ”said a press release from IPL.

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other participants involved in the organization of the IPL. This decision was made with the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders in mind, ”he said.

Patel said BCCI will help franchises organize the return of their foreign players. Those who hired Covid, along with other players and support staff, must follow tournament quarantine protocols – six days of isolation for close contact and three negative tests before leaving.

“The franchises will take a call when they leave, while the BCCI will provide the necessary support,” Patel said.

“We want to say that for us the IPL will not be complete until our players and officials reach their homes safely. We are working on it and in two days we will publish a detailed plan, ”said BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal.

The Australian government last week banned all travelers from India, including Australian citizens, from entering the country until May 15. BCCI officials said all 14 Australian IPL cricketers should be able to return home safely after May 15.

“CA is in direct contact with BCCI as they develop plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators returning to Australia,” Cricket said. Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association in a joint statement. .

In the UK, The Times reported that the England and Wales Cricket Board would help 11 English IPL players return home.

Cricket South Africa (CSA), along with the South African Cricketers Association (SACA), is in contact with South African cricketers from the IPL. “CSA… has made contact with all relevant franchises to ensure expedited travel for all South African players and support staff to our shores. Those returning to South Africa will undergo home quarantine in accordance with current World Health Organization recommendations, ”the CSA said in a statement.

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