BREAKING NEWS: The IPL cricket tournament will be suspended UNLIMITED after a third team was hit by a positive Covid-19 case and a bio-safe bubble was broken in two cities
- The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely due to growing concerns about Covid-19
- Three teams were hit by positive tests with two broken bio-bubbles
- Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha was last positive on Tuesday
- Monday’s game between Kolkata and Bangalore has been postponed
- Now the decision has been made to suspend the entire tournament
The Indian Premier League was suspended indefinitely after a third team was hit by a Covid-19 outbreak.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test which resulted in all games being suspended with immediate effect.
They are the third team to be affected within days of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.
Now that the Covid bio-bubble has been breached in both Ahmedabad and Delhi, two of the venues for the Twenty20 tournament, the organizers decided to suspend the games.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha is the latest IPL player to test positive for Covid-19
The 36-year-old wicketkeeper batsman got a positive result on Tuesday before his game
Saha, 36, returned a positive test Tuesday before the Sunrisers game against the Mumbai Indians at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
It follows Monday’s game between the Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad after two Knight Riders players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, tested positive.
They are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is widespread across India, after exiting the bio-safe bladder to go to hospital for injury scans via the “green channel” of IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowler Varun Chakravarthy is one of two players who have tested positive for Covid-19 – forcing the game to be postponed on Monday
Chakravarthy celebrates the wicket during an IPL game for the Kolkata team
The positive tests for Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier forced the KKR game against Royal Challengers Bangalore to be postponed on Monday
The crisis then deepened when a second team, the Super Kings, were hit by three positive tests. Chennai’s managing director Kasi Viswanathan, bowling trainer L Bulaji, and a bus cleaner in her bladder had all tested positive.
The Super Kings game against Rajasthan Royals scheduled for Wednesday was then postponed.
According to reports, the IPL organizers are currently working on how overseas players can safely return to their own countries.
The number of coronavirus cases in India has grown exponentially over the past few weeks to nearly 400,000 new cases per day on Sunday, and in total nearly 20 million cases have been confirmed
The death toll in India has risen sharply since February, and the country’s morgues and crematoriums are struggling to cope
There are 11 English players at the IPL – Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam and Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan.
The tournament, which is being put on hold, comes as no surprise as India is stuck in a Covid crisis.
The country passed the 20 million infection line and added 355,000 new cases on Tuesday, though that was a reduction from the 400,000 daily cases recorded on April 30.
However, it is almost certain that the actual number of people infected and also the number of deaths are significantly higher. There have been officially 222,000 deaths from the virus.
The country’s health system is under severe strain and oxygen starvation is still reported in many large cities.
More will follow