BCCI Postpones IPL 2021 Indefinitely

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has indefinitely postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19.

After the cancellation of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match that was scheduled to be played on 3rd May, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had decided to cancel the IPL matches in Kolkata & Bengaluru and were busy shifting all the IPL matches to Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium. Then on 4th May when the Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) were supposed to play against Mumbai Indians (MI) SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the coronavirus. After this news broke, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a statement saying: 

"The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and BCCI in an emergency meeting have unanimously decided to indefinitely postpone IPL 2021. The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. These are difficult times, especially in India. Earlier we continued IPL matches because we wanted to give people some positivity and entertainment during these difficult times. However, it is important to stop the tournament and all those working in IPL must go back to their families and loved ones in these difficult times. The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants to their home countries. 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 to their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times," 

A total of 29 out of the scheduled 56 matches were played this season. There is no clarity over when the remaining matches will be played. The BCCI can not move IPL to UAE as the country has banned all Indian flights. IPL will not be possible in June because of the start of monsoon in India. But according to rumours, the IPL may be held in September 2021.