IPL 2021 postponed; West Indies, New Zealand players reach home

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29 Apr 2021 | 09:52 AM
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IPL 2021 postponed; West Indies, New Zealand players reach home

All the information related to the development in the IPL 2021 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 in India

Pant receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Star India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant on Thursday (May 13) received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The 23-year-old player, who has been named in the India squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the subsequent series in England, posted a picture of him taking the jab.

Chahal's parents test positive for Covid-19; father hospitalised

Yuzvendra Chahal's parents have tested positive for Covid-19 while the leg-spinner's father has been admitted to the hospital with severe symptoms, Chahal's wife Dhanashree Verma confirmed on Instagram. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad owners donate Rs 30 crore towards COVID-19 relief

Sun TV, owners of the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Monday pledged Rs 30 crore towards COVID-19 relief work being undertaken by the state and central governments along with various NGOs.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla loses father to COVID-19

Experienced spinner Piyush Chawla's father Pramod Kumar on Monday passed away due to COVID-19 at the age of 60.

KKR's Chakravarthy and Warrier complete isolation, return home

KKR leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier, who were the first to test positive for COVID-19 in the currently-suspended IPL 2021 bio-bubble, have returned to their respective home cities after completing 10 days of mandatory isolation. A BCCI told PTI that the franchise will be monitoring their health. 

West Indies players reach home

Top West Indies players like their Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Fabien Allen have reached home, Cricket Windies CEO Johnny Grave has confirmed.

Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya loses father to COVID-19

Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya's father Kanjibhai passed away due to COVID-19 on Sunday. He was admitted in a hospital in Bhavnagar, Gujarat last week after testing positive for the virus.

First group of New Zealand players and staff land in Auckland

The likes of Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne and Scott Kuggeleijn, coaches James Pamment and Shane Bond, and Royal Challengers Bangalore's director of cricketing operations Mike Hesson landed in Auckland late on Saturday night in a private jet via Tokyo. A second flight carrying Lockie Ferguson, Brendon McCullum , commentators Simon Doull and Scott Styris, umpire Chris Gaffaney, CSK coach Stephen Fleming and Kyle Mills was expected to leave India on Saturday night.

Sri Lanka to host remainder of IPL 2021?

According to ESPNCricinfo, Professor Arjuna de Silva, chairperson of Sri Lanka Cricket's management committee, has expressed keenness to have the rest of the IPL played in Sri Lanka in September.

Rishabh Pant donates undisclosed amount towards COVID-19 relief

Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant took to Twitter to announce his support to the Hemkunt Foundation through a monetary donation to help and provide various necessities during the second wave of the pandemic - oxygen cylinders, beds and Covid-relief kits.

CSK donates oxygens concentrators

Chennai Super Kings has extended support to the people of Tamil Nadu in their fight against COVID-19 by arranging for the delivery of 450 oxygen concentrators for the affected patients.

Prasidh Krishna fourth KKR player to test positive for COVID-19

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Prasidh Krishna tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a report by ESPNCricinfo. The Karnataka pacer is the fourth KKR player to test positive after Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier and Tim Seifert.

New Zealand's Test quartet travel to Maldives enroute to England

There have been changes to the travel plans of New Zealand's Test contingent traveling to the UK for the World Test Championship. A day after Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, and physio Tommy Simsek were placed in a mini bio-secure bubble in New Delhi, it emerged that the four members have been transferred to the Maldives enroute to England.

Tim Seifert tests positive for COVID-19

KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, which means that he will not be travelling along with the IPL's New Zealand contingent. Seifert is expected to be moved to Chennai for treatment similar to CSK batting coach Michael Hussey.

As per New Zealand Cricket's statement, Seifert failed both his pre-departure RT-PCR tests and is currently experiencing "moderate symptoms".

Dhoni to leave for Ranchi once all his Chennai teammates depart

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has reportedly assured every member of his squad that he would only leave the camp once all of his colleagues have left for their home safely. “Mahi bhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel. He wanted foreigners to leave first, then the Indian players. He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure,” a member of CSK told the Indian Express.

Travelling could have let in the virus: Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly believes that conducting the Indian Premier League in India this year wasn't a mistake and the former India captain is still not sure about how so many individuals were infected inside the bio-security bubble. "I really don’t know what led to this situation inside the bio-security bubble. We will have to do a post-mortem and look into the reasons behind this. But traveling could have been an issue," Ganguly told Telegraph India.

UK-bound NZ players to remain in India till May 11

New Zealand cricketers involved in the now-suspended IPL, including captain Kane Williamson, will remain in India at least till May 11 before flying to England for national duty, the New Zealand Cricket board announced on Thursday (May 6).

Looking back, organizers may have tweaked few things: Cummins on hosting IPL in India

Cummins stated that the IPL organisers, in hindsight, could have "tweaked a few things" after deciding to host the league in India amidst a raging COVID-19 pandemic. Cummins, a key part of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, said the previous edition held in UAE was incredibly "well-run" and the organisers pushed it a "little step further" by organizing it at home this year. 

England players land in London, set to undergo mandatory quarantine

IPL's England players Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and the Curran brothers - Tom and Sam - landed in the UK on Wednesday morning and will begin 10-day quarantine in government-approved hotels, according to The Guardian.

Eoin Morgan, David Malan, Chris Jordan are still in India and are expected to fly home in next 48 hours.

We will find a way to send back foreign players: IPL chairman Brijesh Patel

Following the postponement of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel, on Tuesday, said the BCCI will "find a way" to send the league's foreign recruits back to their respective countries after the event was suspended indefinitely due to a COVID-19 outbreak in its bio-bubble. The suspension of the tournament was announced after Sunrisers Hyderabad's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19 along with Delhi Capitals' veteran spinner Amit Mishra. 

Michael Hussey, CSK's batting coach tests positive

 Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, a day after the team's bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji returned positive. 

"Hussey was tested and his sample came positive. We sent it for retesting but that has also come positive," an IPL source told PTI.

Cricket Australia issues statement on players and staff's safe return

IPL 2021 suspended

Amid rising scares within different camps, IPL 2021 has been put on hold for the time being. The reports suggest that the tournament will move to Mumbai for the remaining matches but clearances for the same are pending.

BCCI Vice-President speaks about the postponement

COVID hits SRH camp

According to multiple sources, there is a COVID 19 scare in the Sunrisers camp as well. The player reported to have been tested positive for the virus is Wriddhiman Saha. The Hyderabad team is said to be in isolation which puts a question mark on their game against Mumbai tonight.

Reports from certain quarters also reveal Amit Mishra of the Delhi Capitals has also tested for the virus.

Tournament to be moved to a single venue?

As reported by NDTV, BCCI is discussing moving the remainder of the IPL to one venue. Mumbai might be that venue as Bangalore and Kolkata legs may be scrapped. The report suggests that BCCI has already made calls to hotels in Mumbai for creating bio-bubbles for eight teams.

CSK pacer Jason Behrendorff makes a donation for India's fight against COVID-19

CSK-RR clash to be rescheduled

The BCCI will reschedule Wednesday's IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals here as CSK has been forced into hard quarantine after bowling coach L Balaji tested positive for COVID-19.

Venky Mysore hopes for no more cases in the bubble

KKR CEO Venky Mysore released a statement in that regard, stating that the due process is being followed now and he hopes for no more cases inside the bubble in the coming days. He detailed the entire turn of events in the statement and how the franchise detected Varun and Sandeep's positive tests.

BCCI asks Delhi Capitals to Quarantine

Following KKR players testing positive for Covid-19 in their bio-bubble, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have asked the Delhi Capitals contingent, who played against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 29, to go into quarantine. Delhi Capitals are scheduled to take on Kolkata Knight Riders on May 8 but now that both teams are in quarantine, a lot will depend on the test results of the coming week.

Understandable panic among overseas KKR players; governing board monitoring situation

Cricket.com understands that even though the franchise has now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases within the bubble, few overseas players are panicking over the situation. IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel was unavailable for a statement but a source, privy to the development, confirmed to Cricket.com that the BCCI is on their toes to find the best possible solution while averting a PSL-like scenario where they would have to postpone the tournament.

Three members of the CSK contingent test positive for Covid-19

Three members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent, including bowling coach L Balaji have tested positive for Covid-19. The other two members are CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan and a bus cleaner

KKR vs RCB fixture rescheduled as two Kolkata players test positive for Covid-19

Match 30 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers (RCB) which was to be played tonight (May 3) in Ahmedabad has been rescheduled after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier test positive for Covid-19. An alternate date for the fixture will be provided in due course.

CA pledge AUD 50,000 to help India fight Covid-19

Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday (May 3) pledged 50,000 Australian dollars (AUD) to support India's fight against the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and will also raise more funds in partnership with its players' Association and UNICEF.

RCB to provide financial help for oxygen support

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) become the latest Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise have pledged assistance related to oxygen support and will also raise funds by auctioning signed special blue jerseys that they will be sporting during one of the upcoming IPL matches.


RR raise INR 7.5 crore to help people affected by Covid-19

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have announced they have raised a sum of INR 7.5 crore from the team's players, team owners, and team management to make such a contribution and they have been working with the franchise's Philanthropic arm the Royal Rajasthan Foundation (RRF) in partnership with the British Asian Trust (BAT).

Don't think ending IPL is the answer: Cummins

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fast bowler Pat Cummins reckons ending the Indian Premier League (IPL) at this stage is not the answer. 

"I don't think ending the IPL is the answer," the Australia fast bowler said in an interview with news channel WION.

Umpire Reiffel to resume IPL duties following cancellation of his flight to Australia

After reports emerged of Umpires Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel pulling out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, it is understood that the latter will stay on till the end of the season as his flight to Australia via Doha was supposedly canceled. 

"They shut the avenue off. I know a couple of the guys got back that way through there, but the avenue was closed so I had to stay. Yesterday, I was booked to go, but it got cancelled," he said.

Umpire Nitin Menon leaves IPL after wife and mother test positive

India's top umpire Nitin Menon has pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to personal reasons. It is learned that Menon, a resident of Indore, has left the IPL bio-bubble after his wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19. Menon is the only Indian in the ICC elite panel of umpires and was recently praised for his work during India's home series against England. 

"Yes, Nitin has left as his immediate family members have COVID-19 and he is currently not in a mental state to conduct games," a BCCI official told PTI. 

Ashwin takes break from IPL 2021 to 'support family'

Ravichandran Ashwin has opted to take a break from the ongoing IPL season to be with his family during the testing times of the Covid-19 pandemic unfurling in its second wave in India. Ashwin informed about his decision on Sunday night, through a tweet after Delhi registered a win in the Super Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

This was Delhi’s last match in Chennai, Ashwin’s hometown, and he will stay back to support his family while the team will travel to Ahmedabad. 

CA, ACA remain in touch with Australian cricketers participating in IPL 2021

Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricket Association (ACA) remain in close contact with the Australian players currently participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Australia cricketers Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa (Both RCB), and Andrew Tye (RR) are the Australian cricketers who recently pulled out of the tournament. They wanted to get back home before they got locked out of their own country, given the rising Covid-19 cases, which are going up by over 3 lakh every day in India at the moment.

Richardson, Zampa return to Australia

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) duo of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have decided to return to Australia due to personal reasons and as a result, will be unavailable for the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, the franchise announced on Monday (April 26). 

Later, it was revealed that both pulled out due to the Covid complications in India and the fear of Australia shutting down the borders.

Andrew Tye leaves Rajasthan Royals camp because of "personal reasons"

Rajasthan Royals' pacer Andrew Tye on Sunday flew back home due to "personal reasons" making him the fourth overseas recruit of the franchise to pull out of the ongoing Indian Premier League. After reaching Australia, he revealed the real reason that he feared getting "locked out" of his own country in the wake of a COVID-19 surge in India and claimed that some of his compatriots in the league are considering the same step. 

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