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New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has said that after the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, they will work with the BCCI to secure a safe return to their team players. The BCCI confirmed on Tuesday that the 2021 season of the IPL has been postponed with immediate effect. This decision has been taken on Monday after the more COVID-19 positive (COVID-19) cases in the IPL Bio-Bubble. IPL 2021: The remaining matches of IPL can be held again in September
RCB said in a statement, “Everyone’s safety is very important for us in the IPL and RCB supports the decision by the BCCI to postpone the league. We will work closely with the BCCI to ensure the safe return of the players involved.”
The BCCI said in a statement that the Indian Premier League Governing Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have unanimously decided to postpone the IPL 2021 season in an emergency meeting with immediate effect. On Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad wicket-keeper batsman Riddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals leg-spinner Amit Mishra have been found to be Corona positive. Hyderabad was scheduled to play their next match in the 14th season against Mumbai Indians at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Tuesday. But now this match will also not be played.
Prior to Saha, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakraborty and fast bowler Sandeep Warrier, while Chennai Super Kings team chief executive (CEO) Kashi Vishwanathan, bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and team bus cleaner were also found to be Corona positive.
The BCCI further said that no one wants to compromise the safety of the players, support staff and other participants involved in the conduct of the IPL. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety, health and well being of all stakeholders.
The Indian board said, “These are difficult times, especially in India and as such we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer. However, it is imperative that the tournament is suspended now and in such a time, everyone will have their families And go back to the loved ones. In the IPL 2021, the BCCI will use its powers to ensure the safe and secure passage of all the participants. “
The organization said that the BCCI would like to thank all the health workers, state associations, sportspersons, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organize IPL 2021 even in these very difficult times.
In the 14th season of IPL, only 29 matches have been played so far. Its 30 matches were to be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians at Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Tuesday. The entire 60 matches were to be played in IPL 2021, which started from April 9 and its final was to be held in Ahmedabad on May 30.