IPL 2021 Suspended Midway On Account Of Covid-19 Second Wave
Cricket bats sit on display next to a poster for the Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League cricket team. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

IPL 2021 Suspended Midway On Account Of Covid-19 Second Wave

The Indian Premier League cricket tournament has been suspended with immediate effect, following an emergency meeting of the league's governing council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India. This follows two Covid-positive reports from members in the Sunrisers Hyderabad playing squad, according to wire agency PTI, and comes a day after infections were reported in two other IPL contingents.

On Monday, the BCCI said that two players from the Kolkata Knight Riders - Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakaravarthy had tested positive for Covid-19. The same day, three non-playing staff from the Chennai Super Kings also tested positive, as did ground staff at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

With players and support staff from across India and other nations around the world participating in the IPL, the BCCI said it "will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021."

The eight-team competition was being conducted in phases across six cities (Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Kolkata), and began on April 9, with a final that was scheduled to be held on May 30. All squads were asked to maintain strict bio-bubbles, and were playing in empty stadia.

The 2020 IPL was held in the United Arab Emirates in October and November, after it was rescheduled from the annual April-May cycle following the first wave of Covid-19 infections in India and the nationwide lockdown.

Stock Reaction

  • Sun TV Ltd., owner of the Hyderabad franchise of the Indian Premier League erased gains to fall as much as 2%.
  • Reliance Industries Ltd., which owns the Mumbai Indians team, extends the drop to as much as 2%, set for a third day of losses.
  • India Cements Ltd., which owns team Chennai Super Kings that has won 3 IPL titles, swung between gains and losses. Down as much as 0.6% as of 2:40 p.m.
  • United Spirits Ltd., the holder of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru franchise, declined 0.6% but soon recouped the losses to trade little changed.

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