The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the IPL Governing Council took the sensible decision of suspending the tournament yesterday. This decision came after players and support staff members from four different franchises tested positive for COVID-19.
Members across Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals have shown positive results so far. Meanwhile, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel looked optimistic about conducting the remaining leg of the cash-rich league. In a recent interview, Patel mentioned that the organisers will look at a window before or after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to schedule the leftover matches.
“The remaining 31 matches will be completed whenever we can. So, matches will resume from where we left this year. We have to look at a window, before the ICC T20 World Cup or after the World Cup (October-November 2021),” Patel told News18.
‘Always tough to suspend a tournament like IPL’: Patel
Brijesh Patel mentioned that it is always a tough call to suspend a tournament like the Indian Premier League. However, he added that looking at the current situation, it was inevitable to avoid the suspension of the lucrative league.
“It’s always a tough decision to suspend a tournament like the IPL. But, four teams were involved and some players included. One player in Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and one support staff from Chennai Super Kings tested positive. It was not possible to reschedule the matches with four teams involved. Looking at the overall situation also in India, what we thought best was to suspend it and have the matches later,” he added.