IPL 2021 suspended: ‘Decision was made in agreement with all the franchises,’ says Mike Hesson

RCB support staff member Mike Hesson confirmed that the BCCI took the decision of suspending IPL 2021 after a unanimous decision with all the franchises.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson mentioned that the BCCI took the decision of postponing IPL 2021 in agreement with all the franchises. The 14th edition of the cash-rich league was postponed indefinitely after several coronavirus cases were reported from various teams. 

The former Kiwi cricketer said that the BCCI was very worried about the health and safety of everybody, and hence, took this tough decision.

“The situation really escalated once a couple of teams had positive cases within the bio-bubble. So once that happened, the BCCI was obviously very worried about the health and safety of everybody within the eight franchises. In the end, the decision was made in agreement with all the franchises that the safest way of dealing with it is to postpone the tournament. Things will be looked at at a later date. Initially, the main priority was the health and safety of everybody within the eight bio-bubbles,” Hesson said in a video posted on RCB’s Youtube channel.

‘BCCI looking at a window around September’: Anand Kripalu

Retiring RCB Chairman Anand Kripalu confirmed that BCCI is currently looking at a September window to resume the tournament. However, he added that everything is tentative at the moment until there’s no official confirmation. 

“We got a call from the BCCI to say that they are going to be suspending the IPL given the fact that four teams have been affected (by COVID cases) and there is too much of risk. They are not certain when this will resume, but it is not a cancelled tournament and it is going to resume. They have indicated September, saying they are trying to find a window, but we don’t know exactly yet,” told Anand Kripalu.

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