Indian Premier League: 2021 competition suspended due to coronavirus outbreak in country

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The 2021 Indian Premier League has been suspended due to concerns over the coronavirus in the country.

The number of new coronavirus infections in India passed 20 million on Tuesday, with 357,229 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, putting further strain on an already overwhelmed health system.

Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – have already cut short their IPL season to go home, while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break to spend time with his family.

The regular season would end on May 23 with qualifiers and eliminators to follow for the final on May 30.

“The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have unanimously decided in an emergency meeting to postpone the 2021 IPL season with immediate effect,” an IPL statement said.

“The BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff and other participants involved in the organization of the IPL. This decision was made with the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders in mind.

“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and that everyone goes back to their families and loved ones during these difficult times.”

Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – have already cut short their IPL season to go home, while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break to spend time with his family.

Several England players – including limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali – have played in the tournament, with the ECB saying earlier on Tuesday it left decisions about further participation to each individual.

Players like Buttler, Bairstow and Ali, who are members of the England Test squad, had faced the possibility of missing England’s five-day series against New Zealand in early June, but the IPL’s postponement could mean they could become available.

The statement continued: “The BCCI will make every effort to arrange the safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.

“The BCCI would like to thank all health professionals, state associations, players, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners and all service providers who have done their best to organize IPL 2021 even during these extremely difficult times.”

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