IPL 2021: Didn't Wish To Compromise On Safety Of People Involved, Says Jay Shah After IPL Is Postponed
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said IPL 2021 was postponed till further notice keeping in mind the safety of "every single person involved" in the league.
Jay Shah said IPL was postponed keeping in mind safety of all involved
IPL 2021 was postponed after several players tested positive for COVID-19
Two KKR players, a CSK coach and a support staff member tested positive
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed as the country battles the second wave of COVID-19. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has made it clear that safety of each and every person involved with the league was the priority. Speaking to ANI, Shah said that keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 situation, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to postpone the league. "The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don't wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved," he said.
SunRisers Hyderabad wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday morning after there were COVID-19 cases in two franchises on Monday.
While two of the members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent tested positive, two Kolkata Knight Riders players tested positive -- Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier -- forcing the BCCI to postpone the KKR-RCB game in Ahmedabad.
With Saha testing positive, the game on Tuesday evening between SRH and defending champions Mumbai Indians also needed to be postponed.
This made matters worse as the game between RCB and KKR had already been postponed and the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals was also set to be called off as the Chennai unit was in strict quarantine.
The BCCI had issued a release on the cases in KKR and said: "Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19."