The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended today by the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) due to the increase in COVID-19 cases among players and support staff at different deductibles. Several prominent figures, including journalists and former players, took to Twitter to share their reaction to the postponement. Commentator, journalist and cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle remarked about the current situation in the country and hoped the IPL would come back stronger: “I guess this has become inevitable in recent days ….. I ‘ can’t wait to call for action in happier times. The #IPL is a big event and I hope it comes back stronger when the world is what we knew it was. “
I guess this has become inevitable over the past couple of days ….. I can’t wait to call action in happier times. the #IPL is a big event and I hope it comes back stronger when the world is what we knew it was
– Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 4, 2021
Cricket commentator Ayaz Memon also tweeted: “The number of people infected with IPL is increasing rapidly: 2 from KKR, 3 from CSK, 1 from SRH and now 2 from DC. The players are the two sites, Delhi and Ahmedabad, affected. Was the bio-secure bubble lax or the virus breached it for another reason yet to be determined. “
The number of people infected with IPL is increasing rapidly: 2 from KKR, 3 from CSK, 1 from SRH and now 2 from DC. The players are the two sites, Delhi and Ahmedabad, affected. If the bio-secure bubble was lax or if the virus violated it for another reason yet to be determined
– Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 4, 2021
Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin also expressed his point of view: “Considering the COVID crisis in India and players testing positive, postponing the IPL with immediate effect is the right course of action by @BCCI and IPL Board of Directors. see soon IPL back in a better and secure environment. # IPL2021 # IndiaFightsCOVID19. “
Given the COVID crisis in India and players testing positive, postponing the IPL with immediate effect is the right course of action by @BCCI and the IPL Board of Directors.
I hope to see IPL back soon in a better and safer environment.# IPL2021 # IndiaFightsCOVID19
– Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) May 4, 2021
Former England player Isa Guha and former England captain Kevin Pietersen have been heartbroken by the situation in the country following the postponement of the 2021 IPL.
Isa Guha tweeted: “I think of everyone in India. It’s heartbreaking to see. Here’s where I donated if you can save a dime – all the money is going to support the oxygen crisis. # COVID19India. “
I think of everyone in India. It is heartbreaking to see. Here’s where I donated if you can spare a dime – all the money goes to support the oxygen crisis. # COVID19India https://t.co/Q8Rlxzp4Br
– Isa Guha (@isaguha) May 4, 2021
Pietersen also showed his support and tweeted: “India – it is heartbreaking to see a country that I love so much suffering! You are going to go through this! You will be stronger coming out of this Your kindness and generosity NEVER pass away unnoticed even during this crisis! # Incredible India. “
India – it’s heartbreaking to see a country that I love so much suffer!
You will get through this!
You will be stronger coming out of this!
Your kindness and generosity NEVER go unnoticed even during this crisis! #Unbelievable India
– Kevin Pietersen (@ KP24) May 4, 2021
Cricket fans have also taken to Twitter in response to the suspension of IPL 2021 and many have been disappointed.
I am shocked and saddened by the way the IPL is being conducted in this country with a covid situation that is getting totally out of hand. Stop this season as soon as possible, cancel all games, give the trophy to RCB. Their fans have suffered a lot in the past and they deserve all the happiness.
– Muskan (@ MuskanG95387750) May 4, 2021
A good wise decision finally taken by the BCCI in a greater interest of the game and the sport in general the players will be relieved to hear this, it had been happening for a few days because many players had started to leave but a wise decision in uncertain times of Covid 19!
– NITIN KIRTANE (@nitin_kirtane) May 4, 2021
Yah it’s good. it hurts that we can’t see #MSDhoni @imVkohli and the amazing shots of our favorite players on it #COVIDEmergencyIndia we must support our #CovidWarriors rather than relax and watch @IPL . we will miss you and hope to see you rock guys next year #IPL
– Suropriya Chakravarti (@SuropriyaC) May 4, 2021
IPL 2021 has been hit by several cases of COVID-19, with two Kolkata Knight Riders players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Warrier initially testing positive, followed by Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a member of the transport staff.
When two players – one each from SunRisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals – tested positive on Tuesday, it was the last straw and BCCI decided to postpone the event.
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