Rohit Sharma backs BCCI’s move to postpone IPL 2021

Written by Vipin Darwade

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma agreed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 amid a rampant second-wave of the coronavirus in India.

The Indian cricket board took the call after two more players tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the overall tally to 4 during the tournament. Only 29 games were played in the 60-match tournament till May 3. IPL 2021 was scheduled to be played until May 30.

“In the light of everything that is happening around the country, I think it’s a very good decision.” – @rohitsharma45. Paltan, thank you for your unrelenting support throughout the tournament!

“Till we meet again, we hope you keep staying safe and strong. #OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #IPL2021 #KhelTakaTak @MXTakaTak MI TV,” Rohit said in a video message posted on social media by Mumbai Indians.

Wriddhiman Saha (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Amit Mishra (Delhi Capitals), Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Sandeep Warrier (KKR) tested positive for Covid-19 within 24 hours of each other this week. Laxmipatyh Balaji and Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings bowling and batting coaches respectively, also contracted the virus along with a bus cleaner.

The growing list of Covid-positive cases in the tournament forced the BCCI to suspend the IPL 2021 with immediate effect.

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