Is IPL 2021 cancelled? Indian Premier League suspended over covid-19 crisis

Joshua Rogers May 4, 2021

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Is IPL 2021 cancelled? Things are looking bleak for the Indian Premier League as it was suspended Tuesday following an outbreak of covid-19 in India. Here’s what we know about the future of IPL 2021 and when it will return.

IPL 2021 has been suspended today, following several positive covid-19 cases across teams over the past couple of days.

The move was confirmed by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, who said the decision was taken for the safety of all stakeholders.

When will IPL 2021 return? Here’s everything we know so far.

Is IPL cancelled permanently?

The 2021 IPL has been suspended temporarily with no news on whether it will return.

Over the weekend, India recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began. The country recorded 352,991 new cases of the virus on Monday.

The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday was postponed after two KKR players tested positive for Covid-19.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive, while the rest of Eoin Morgan’s KKR team tested negative.

The match was scheduled to start at 15:00 BST in Ahmedabad.

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IPL suspended indefinitely

On a day when two of its non-playing members, including a coach, tested positive for Covid-19, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that they won’t play their next match against Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel then confirmed the suspension of the IPL, saying the decision was taken for the safety of all stakeholders.

The decision, the IPL said in a statement, was “unanimously” taken by by the tournament’s Governing Council along with the top brass of the BCCI.

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL,” the statement said.

“This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.”

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The IPL is taking place across six venues in India, with players travelling between them on charter and private flights.

Teams stay within secure areas of hotels and resorts in the various cities and do not have contact with people outside the bubble.

Australians Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson flew home early from India because of concerns over the virus.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also took a break from the tournament to support his family.

When will IPL return?

At present, a return date is currently unknown.

The regular season was set to end on May 23 with qualifiers and eliminators to follow before the final on May 30.

However, news of a suspension means the conclusion of IPL is in doubt.

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.