Sport IPL hit by another Covid-19 case with THREE teams now affected
Cricket-Indian board says it faces $270 million hit from IPL suspension
Cricket-Indian board says it faces $270 million hit from IPL suspensionNEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian cricket board faces losing about $270 million in revenue after its lucrative and star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) was halted by the COVID-19 crisis in the country, a senior official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely after a third team was affected by a Covid-19 outbreak.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test, prompting all fixtures to be suspended with immediate effect.
They are the third team to be affected in the space of a few days after the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings.
With the Covid bio-bubble now breached in both Ahmedabad and Delhi, two of the venues currently hosting the Twenty20 tournament, the organisers took the decision to suspend matches.
Cricket-IPL indefinitely suspended due to COVID-19 crisis in India
Cricket-IPL indefinitely suspended due to COVID-19 crisis in IndiaNEW DELHI (Reuters) -The Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament has been indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country, the IPL said on Tuesday.
It comes asstruggles to cope with the Covid-19 crisis as cases soared past 20 million and deaths approached 220,000 with the health system on the verge of collapse.
Saha, 36, returned a positive test on Tuesday ahead of the Sunrisers' match against the Mumbai Indians at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
It follows the postponement of Monday's game between the Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad after two Knight Riders players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive.
They are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is rampant across India, after leaving the bio-secure bubble to go to hospital for injury scans through the IPL's 'green channel'.
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Within hours of the plug being pulled on the lucrative competition due to rising Covid cases inside the tournament bubble, talk turned to where the remaining matches would be held.Within hours of the plug being pulled on the lucrative Twenty20 competition due to an escalation in Covid-19 cases inside the tournament's biosecure bubble, talk turned to where the remaining matches would be slotted into a crammed 2021 calendar.
The crisis then deepened when a second team, the Super Kings, was hit by three positive tests. Chennai's chief executive Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Bulaji and a bus cleaner inside their bubble had all tested positive.
The Super Kings' fixture against Rajasthan Royals scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed as a result.
Reports suggested the IPL organisers are now working out how to safely return overseas players back to their own countries.
There are 11 England players at the IPL - Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam and Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan.
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