World IPL suspended after more Covid-19 cases
Warner's dramatic PPE flight amid IPL chaos
Australian international David Warner was adhering to strict safety protocols as he took a flight before an IPL match.The 34-year-old posted on social media a photo of himself and his teammate Kane Williamson head-to-toe in full personal protective equipment, including a mask, visor and a full protective body suit, as they flew to Delhi for the Sunrisers Hyderabad's next match.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended after an increase in coronavirus cases among players.
A Sunrisers Hyderabad player tested positive before Tuesday's match against Mumbai Indians.
Monday's match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after.
In a statement, the IPL said it had "unanimously decided" to postpone the season after an emergency meeting.
"The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL," it said.
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India is set to host the tournament in October-November, but the growing Covid emergency has reportedly left the ICC contemplating moving the tournament to the UAE instead.The IPL is carrying on despite India suffering from the world's worst second wave of Covid, with 362,757 new infections on Wednesday and reports of oxygen shortages and hospitals unable to cope.
"This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.
"These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have 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 BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021."
Wednesday's match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals had earlier been called off after Chennai bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji tested positive.
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The remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League cannot be completed in the country, says Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.The IPL was suspended indefinitely last week following a number of positive coronavirus cases among the teams.