The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended as of now due to the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 situation in India.
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to suspend the ongoing IPL after witnessing a COVID-19 crisis. Rajeev Shukla, the Vice President (VP) of the BCCI addressed the media and confirmed about the IPL suspension for the time being.
Brijesh Pandey, the Chairman of the IPL said, the decision was in the wake of the safety of all the players and IPL staff.
The decision also came after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Bombay High Court (HC) seeking directions to cancel/postpone the IPL 2021 owing to COVID-19 situation.
Meanwhile, recently on the 3rd of May, two players of the Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR) and Royal Bengal Challengers (RCB) tested positive for the deadly virus. In addition, on the 4th of May, Balaji, a player of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) also tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, so far, the IPL matches have been played across four venues — Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Delhi. The next matches are likely to be held in Kolkata and Bengaluru.
The 14th edition of the IPL started from the 9th of April and was scheduled to continue till the 30th of May.
A total of 8 IPL teams are a part of the IPL 2021. The 8 teams are Mumbai Indians (MI,) RCB, Chennai Super Kings (CSK,) Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH,) Rajasthan Royals (RR,) Punjab Kings XI, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (DC.)