The ongoing IPL tournament got postponed after several players of the league tested positive for COVID 19 virus. On Tuesday, the Board of control for cricket in India has decided to unanimously postponed the tournament in an emergency meeting. “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.” the statement of the Indian cricket board read.
On Monday, it was announced that the league match between Kolkata knight riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be postponed. The announcement surfaced after two prominent players Varum Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of KKR tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. On Tuesday, the official twitter account of Chennai Super Kings reported that the bowling coach of the team Lakshmipathy Balaji and a support staff tested positive for the virus. The CSK squad was put in isolation, considering the IPL protocol.
“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 statement of BCCI read.
“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021. The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.” the statement further said.
Earlier, foreign players Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson left the country after seeing the hike in the increase of COVID 19 cases. Now, the abrupt suspension of the tournament left foreign players stranded. England’s World cup winning captain Eoin Morgan, Australia’s David Warner, Steve Smith, Maxwell South Africa’s Moeen Ali, AB DE Villiers, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and many other players who belong to foreign countries would be looking for ways to return to their respective familes.
Meanwhile, a message from the children of Australian cricketer David Warner has garnered the attention of the Internet. Warner, former captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, was warming the bench in the last match the team played as the management chose to replace him with New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson. Warner’s wife Candice Warner uploaded a picture in her twitter account which was painted by one of their three daughters.
The picture showed the family of David Warner with the wordings “Please daddy, Come Home Straight Away. Miss you alot and Love you. Love from Ivy, Indy and Isla”
“Stay safe daddy, come home soon we love you.” caption of Candice’s post read. Here’s her post :
The post garnered 12k likes and several retweets in no time with people sending love for the kids. Mumbai top order batsman Surya kumar Yadav uploaded a tweet writing “So cute”
Check out some of the reactions for this tweet below :
So cute 😊— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) May 4, 2021
I have Fallen love with these Kids.— Kazim Krunchoo (@Its_KazimSyed) May 4, 2021
Specially in left corner. She is Soooo0oo0oo cute. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love from Pakistan 🇵🇰❤️ pic.twitter.com/CnpWfSdlJ8
Ivy Mae fan here ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LIB3VqDn8c— Srh Fan daw (@BaddakaRatna) May 4, 2021
So heart touching message, really I cried a lot after reading this.— Biswajit Biswas (@biswajit115rcc) May 4, 2021