The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCII) have today confirmed that they have officially suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) indefinitely.
A statement has come out from the IPL saying: "The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect."
This came after two more players tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a BCCI official had confirmed that the virus case in the CSK camp forced the organisers to reschedule Wednesday's game between Chennai and Rajasthan Royals too. Only hours later, Saha and Mishra's reports also turned out to be positive, forcing the board to suspend the league indefinitely.
Over the past few weeks, many overseas players including Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa have withdrawn from the tournament because of the risk of catching COVID and the fear of being locked down in India and unable to travel back to their native countries. This had put the league in doubt already but the two new positive cases have put the nail in the coffin.
The BCCI released a formal statement confirming the indefinite suspension: "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 well-being 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."
Author: Abraham Adebayo