NEW DELHI, May 4: The 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has been suspended indefinitely after several players and staff members from different teams tested positive for Covid-19. The development has been confirmed to news agency PTI by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, reported the Hindustan Times.
"The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will try to conduct the event in the next available window but this month is unlikely," league chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI.
The development comes a day after Monday's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match was postponed after two KKR players -- Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier -- tested positive for Covid-19. Early on Tuesday the Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match, scheduled for Wednesday, was also postponed since two CSK staff members had tested positive for Covid-19.
The last straw it seems for BCCI to take the decision to suspend the tournament was the positive result of Wriddhiman Saha in the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp, which meant there was now a cloud over Tuesday's match between SRH and defending champions Mumbai Indians.