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The Indian Premier League has been suspended, with members of three separate franchises now testing positive for Covid-19. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed the move, saying the decision has been made due to safety concerns for all stakeholders. ...
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The Indian Premier League has been suspended, with members of three separate franchises now testing positive for Covid-19.
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed the move, saying the decision has been made due to safety concerns for all stakeholders.
In a statement, the IPL said the decision was unanimously made by the tournament's Governing Council.
"The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL," the statement said. "This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind."
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The Twenty20 cricket competition has been under huge scrutiny by taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic, where daily virus cases in India are escalating at an alarming rate.
The third team implicated is believed to be the Chennai Super Kings, after staffers within the franchise tested positive.
The Super Kings issued a statement Tuesday saying bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and member of the travel support staff for the franchise underwent testing on Sunday and were positive for COVID-19.
The Super Kings were scheduled to play Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi on Wednesday night. The club said both staffers were in isolation and under the medical supervision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
"The rest of the Super Kings squad will remain in isolation as per IPL protocols," the statement said.
It follows on from the news of a minor outbreak last night within the Kolkata Knight Riders where two players - Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier - tested positive for Covid-19.
The rest of the Kolkata squad tested negative for the coronavirus.
As a result the IPL suspended the team's match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially have passed 220,000.
Staggering as those numbers are, the true figures are believed to be far higher, the undercount an apparent reflection of the troubles in the health care system.
- with AP