Today, Rajeev Shukla the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) has decided to suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) for this year. The announcement was made immediately after, Wriddhiman Saha a player of the Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive for COVID-19. Since yesterday, the entire SRH team has been in isolation.

Yesterday, two players namely Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had tested positive for COVID-19. As a consequence, yesterday the match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had been called off. The entire KKR team along with those teams that had played against KKR over the last 14 days are in complete isolation.

The BCCI official has cited the decision as ‘tough and difficult’. “We had tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” the official added.

Presently, India is grappling with the second wave of COVID-19. The nation is witnessing over 4 lakh daily cases with more than 3,000 deaths. The surging figures have resulted in the crisis of oxygen supply, vaccines, Remdesivir, and other medical aids.

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