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IPL 2021: Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha test positive for COVID-19

May 4, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The 14th season of the Indian Premier League is suspended after several players, staff and groundskeepers tested positive for COVID-19. Spinner Amit Mishra and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha have also tested positive for COVID-19. Sunrisers Hyderabad was scheduled to play against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday evening. However, after the latest development, it is unlikely that the game will go ahead as per the schedule.

On Monday, Two Kolkata Knight Riders players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, have tested positive for Covid-19. This has further led to the postponement of Monday's match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad. According to reports, the KKR players who tested positive did not breach the bio bubble. But they had to go to the hospital to get some checks done, which is probably when they picked up the virus.

The board will make sure to create a safe passage for all the players to reach their families: BCCI

Later in the day, it was also disclosed that three of Chennai Super Kings' backroom staff, including bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, who was close to the players, had tested positive. After Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra also tested positive for Covid-19, it was decided that the competition would be postponed. Rajiv Shukla, the vice-president of the Indian cricket board confirmed the news. 

BCCI has confirmed that the board and governing council took the decision unanimously in an emergency meeting. Board Vice-President also validated that the IPL has been suspended for this season. The BCCI has also announced that they will make sure to create a safe passage for all the players to reach their families and loved ones. The IPL Governing Council had also suggested the BCCI shift the tournament to the UAE again. At the same time, some BCCI officials were in favour of the proposal, whereas some shot the advice down. The Emirates Cricket Board was also ready to host the remaining games on short notice.

India is struggling severely with a sharp rise in Covid positive cases nationwide. The daily count has now surpassed the 3-lakh mark, whereas the death toll stood at 3,449 in the last 24 hours, as reported on Tuesday (May 4). Meanwhile, the 14th season of the Indian Premier League has got suspended, with only 29 games being completed.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh