NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League was on Tuesday postponed indefinitely after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble, ending a month-long relatively smooth run for cricket's most glamorous and cash-rich event in the middle of a raging pandemic.
The unanimous decision was taken in an emergency meeting and will come into immediate effect. The Board confirmed that all players will return to their families; earlier in the day, it emerged that SunRisers Hyderabad's Wriddhiman Saha in Delhi and Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra in Ahmedabad had tested positive.
The IPL said BCCI will do all it can to ensure that players in the event get back to their homes safely. IPL features stars from England, Australia, and New Zealand among other countries.
In the last match, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested positive along with the ground staff at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. That forced three teams - KKR, CSK and DC to go into isolation. However, the detection of positive cases on Tuesday made it impossible for the league to continue.