Cricket: IPL suspended indefinitely over coronavirus concerns

The 2021 Indian Premier League has been suspended amid concerns over coronavirus ranges within the nation.

The variety of new coronavirus infections in India handed 20 million on Tuesday with 357, 229 new instances reported within the newest 24-hour interval, putting additional pressure on an already overwhelmed well being system.

Three Australian cricketers — Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye — have already reduce quick their IPL season to move residence, whereas India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break to spend time along with his household.

The common season was set to finish on May 23 with qualifiers and eliminators to observe earlier than the ultimate on May 30.

"The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect," an IPL assertion stated.

"The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.

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"These are troublesome occasions, particularly in India and whereas we now have tried to usher in some positivity and cheer, nevertheless, it’s crucial that the match is now suspended and everybody goes again to their households and family members in these making an attempt occasions."

Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – have already cut short their IPL season to head home, while India 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 been playing in the tournament, with the ECB having said earlier on Tuesday that it was leaving decisions over continued participation down to each individual.

The likes of Buttler, Bairstow and Ali, who are members of England's Test squad, had been facing the possibility of missing England's five-day series against New Zealand at the start of June, but the IPL's postponement could see them become available.

The statement continued: "The BCCI will do every part in its powers to rearrange for the safe and protected passage of all of the members in IPL 2021.

"The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times."

In this image taken on October 10, 2020, a taxi drives previous a hoarding of Mumbai Indians cricketers of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match in Mumbai.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE | AFP | Getty Images

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