The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been called off with immediate effect due to the rise in Covid cases within the teams, the organizers announced on May 4.
BCCI suspends Indian Premier League for now
“The BCCI is not ready to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in the tournament. This judgment was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all stakeholders in mind,” the IPL Governing Council said in a statement.
However, BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla has described the Twenty20 cricket tournament as only being suspended, not canceled, hinting that the event may be rescheduled in the future.
“The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will try to conduct the event in the next available window, but this month is questionable,” league chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI.
Players can fly back home
“These are difficult times, especially in India, and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is important that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” the IPL GC said.
The organizers also asserted that the BCCI would “do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage” of all participants.
The BCCI also thanked all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners, and all the service providers who tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these challenging times.