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Indian Premier League suspended after multiple players test positive for Coronavirus

Cricket administrators in India were forced to suspend the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) after multiple players tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

India is currently reeling under the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The country has recorded more than 20 million cases, and so far reported more than 222,000 deaths from the virus.

Monday’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after two Kolkata players tested positive.




A Sunrisers Hyderabad player tested positive before Tuesday’s match against Mumbai Indians.

In a statement, the IPL said it had “unanimously decided” to postpone the season after an emergency meeting.

“The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL,” it said.



“This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing 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.”

Wednesday’s match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals had earlier been called off after Chennai bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji tested positive.

The IPL is the richest franchise tournament in world cricket, with eight franchises representing different Indian cities in matches of 20 overs per side.

The games were taking place in across six cities and players travelling between them on charter and private flights.

Teams are staying within secure areas of hotels and resorts in the various cities and do not have contact with people outside the bubble.