BCCI responds to Delhi HC over plea on why IPL 2021 was being prioritised over public health
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has decided to indefinitely suspend the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India. BCCI was responding to a PIL filed in the Delhi HC seeking the stoppage of IPL matches and an inquiry as to why IPL matches were being prioritised over public health.The plea was moved by lawyer Karan S Thukral, who contended that conducting the tournament in Delhi at a time when thousands were struggling to get essentials like Oxygen and beds for their family members and friends suffering from COVID-19 was "unreasonable and unjustified". A day after the PIL was moved, BCCI decided to postpone the tournament indefinitely.During the hearing of the PIL, BCCI informed the court that the decision has been taken to suspend all the remaining matches of the tournament. "On one side, people are dying due to a lack of hospital beds and are seen waiting in queues to cremate their loved ones, while on the other end, instead of applying resources to its optimal use, the respondent(s) have deemed it appropriate to go on and support the conduct of the IPL," Thukral had said in his plea.BCCI announced the suspension of IPL 2021 on Tuesday (May 04) after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Shaha tested positive for the contagious virus which is currently wreaking havoc across the country.Earlier, on Monday, two Kolkata Knight Riders players - Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier along with three members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent had tested positive for the virus. The two positive cases in the KKR camp had led to the postponement of the match no.30 between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.