NEW DELHI: With the second wave of COVID-19 rampant in India, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) had no possibility however to postpone the 14th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday. However the board is eager to faucet the September window earlier than the T20 World Cup to complete the league.
Talking to ANI, a senior BCCI official within the know of developments stated that if the COVID-19 scenario is beneath management in September, the 14th version of the league will be accomplished.
“Why not? If the overseas gamers can be found and the COVID-19 scenario is in management, we are able to positively take a look at that window earlier than the T20 WC. It might probably in reality act as preparation floor for the showpiece occasion,” the official stated.
The T20 World Cup is ready to be performed in India in October and November.
Requested concerning the scenario close to the return of the overseas gamers who had been a part of the league, the official stated: “As talked about by BCCI earlier as effectively, it shall be ensured that each one the gamers attain dwelling safely. Planning is on and a transparent image will probably be out by tomorrow on their journey routes.”
Earlier within the day, BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated that maintaining a tally of the present COVID-19 scenario, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council determined to postpone the league.
“The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously determined to postpone the 2021 season until additional discover. We do not want to compromise the security of the gamers, the folks concerned, the workers, the groundsmen, the match officers, each single particular person concerned,” he instructed ANI.
SunRisers Hyderabad wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha examined constructive on Tuesday morning after there have been COVID-19 instances in two franchises on Monday. Whereas two of the members of the Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) contingent examined constructive, two Kolkata Knight Riders gamers examined constructive — Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — forcing the BCCI to postpone the KKR-RCB recreation in Ahmedabad.
With Saha testing constructive, the sport on Tuesday night between SRH and defending champions Mumbai Indians additionally wanted to be postponed. This made issues worse as the sport between RCB and KKR had already been postponed and the sport between CSK and Rajasthan Royals was additionally set to be known as off because the Chennai unit was in strict quarantine.