It's Sad To See Another Big Tournament IPL 2021 Affected: Azhar Mahmood
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It’s Sad To See Another Big Tournament IPL 2021 Affected: Azhar Mahmood

Azhar Mahmood © IANS
Azhar Mahmood © IANS

Azhar Mahmood on Tuesday took to social media Twitter and stated that the coronavirus pandemic has led to several challenges across the globe and it was sad to see another big tournament getting affected.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood on Tuesday expressed his disappointment over the postponement of the IPL 2021. The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the IPL Governing Council took a unanimous decision to suspend the tournament indefinitely after a rise of Covid-19 cases in the tournament’s bio bubble.

Azhar Mahmood
Azhar Mahmood. Image- ICC.

Azhar Mahmood: It’s Sad To See Another Big Tournament Affected But It’s The Right Decision By BCCI

Azhar Mahmood on Tuesday took to Twitter and stated that he was sad to see another tournament getting affected by the coronavirus pandemic which has led to several challenges and working against the pandemic is another challenge in itself.

“We are in a worldwide pandemic – faced with several challenges. It’s sad to see another big tournament being affected – however, it’s the right decision taken at this point. It’s important to understand nothing can be water-tight and working against a pandemic is challenging itself,” Azhar tweeted.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)

The spike of positive cases in the bio-bubble had already resulted in the postponement of two IPL games earlier. Monday’s KKR vs RCB clash was rescheduled after spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier returned with positive results. Later, the CSK vs RR fixture, which was supposed to be played on May 6, was also rescheduled after a couple of fresh cases were reported from the CSK camp.

IPL 2021 Postponed After Wriddhiman Saha And Amit Mishra Tested Positive After 2 KKR Players Were Infected By The Virus

However, the governing bodies were forced to take the massive step as two more players – SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were infected by the virus. The league organizers also issued a formal statement and said that the safety of its players and staff is paramount.

“The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect,” the statement read.

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind,” it added.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, due to at least six covid-19 cases in 4 franchises. Azhar Mahmood is despondent “to see another big tournament” being halted due to the virus – referring to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, which was also suspended early in March after 14 matches following an outbreak of cases among players and support staff.

However, Azhar Mahmood, who had played for the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on a British passport, feels that the BCCI has taken the right decision to halt the IPL. While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to resume the PSL 2021 on June 1st in Karachi, the BCCI would have to reschedule the IPL 2021.