By Baidurjo Bhose
New Delhi (India), May 4 (ANI): The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed as the country battles the second COVID-19 wave.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has made it clear that the safety of each and every person involved with the league was the priority.
Speaking to ANI, Shah said that keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 situation, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to postpone the league.
“The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved,” he said.
SunRisers Hyderabad wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday morning after there were COVID-19 cases in two franchises on Monday. While two of the members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent tested positive, two Kolkata Knight Riders players tested positive — Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — forcing the BCCI to postpone the KKR-RCB game in Ahmedabad.
With Saha testing positive, the game on Tuesday evening between SRH and defending champions Mumbai Indians also needed to be postponed. This made matters worse as the game between RCB and KKR had already been postponed and the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals was also set to be called off as the Chennai unit was in strict quarantine.
The BCCI had issued a release on the twin cases in KKR and said: “Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19.”
By our correspondent
Melbourne: The Indian students in Australia has asked the Shiv Sena to withdraw its plan to stop Aussie players from playing in Mumbai during IPL matches.
In a letter to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thakeray, Gautam Gupta of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) says: “It is the Indian student’s strong desire that there should be no violence or protests against Australian cricketers and instead the Australian Cricketers should be invited to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Indian students and become FAIR GO Ambassadors for all Indians especially when they return to Australia.”
Earlier, the Shiv Sena had announced not to let Aussie players play in IPL matches protesting against attacks on Indian students in Australia.
By news bureau
Melbourne: Australian cricket players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and hockey players participating in the hockey World Cup (starting Feb. 28) have been advised not to venture out of their hotels alone or wear national uniforms and other clothing identifying their nationality.
Bob Nicholls, the Australian chief of security for the IPL, said they were satisfied with the security arrangements but as precautionary measures they have given a list of do’s and don’ts to their players, reports PTI.
“The times that we would be most concerned about is when they are out and about on their own, we will be giving them a list of dos and don’ts. It is pretty straightforward, the greater risk is if people are going out on their own rather than in a team environment, and not to go out advertising that they are Aussies, wearing Aussie shirts.
Earlier, the ultra right wing Bal Thackerey-led Shiv Sena had threatened that they will not let Australian cricketers play in Mumbai and Nagpur, venues for IPL matches, in the wake of attacks on Indians in Australia.
MUMBAI: Stepping into the city in the midst of the raging controversy over his IPL statement and the apprehension over the release of his film My Name Is Khan, actor Shah Rukh Khan said on Saturday that while he was a proud Mumbaikar, he felt the proudest about being an Indian.
Mr. Khan, who landed here amid heavy security, scored a point by placing the national identity above the regional and religious identities, even as he stood firm on his view on the exclusion of Pakistani cricketers from the IPL tournament.
“I never felt I have said anything which is anti-national. We have identities that we are proud of, like our religious identities, identities of families we come from. Then there are identities connected to where we live in, work, eat. They are our regional identities. But above all, there is a national identity, which comes with its rights and freedoms. I am proud of being a Mumbaikar, but I am the proudest of being an Indian, and you can’t take that away from me. I said what any Indian should say. I stand by what I have said. I have not said anything to feel sorry about,” he told journalists at the launch of a brand of Lux cozi vest, the official licensee for his team, Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Read full story in The Hindu 7 Feb., www.hindu.com