It's sad to see another big tournament being affected: Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood on IPL 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pulled the plug on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Tuesday (May 4) after the number of COVID-19 cases in different camps increased to 7. On Monday, the board was forced to postpone the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders fixture after 2 players tested positive for the virus.As the situation went bad to worse on Tuesday, with the positive cases climbing to 7, the board had no other option but to suspend the season. Since the virus breached the bio-bubble, the players are likely to be in isolation until they clear rounds of testing. The Indian players will face no issues in travelling to their homes but foreign players might face some problems due to the travel restrictions.The BCCI is being praised for putting the players' safety at the top. The tournament is now only expected to restart once the situation comes under control.Reacting to the news of IPL 2021's suspension, former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood took to Twitter and wrote that he is sad with another tournament being affected by COVID-19. The 46-year-old also feels that the right decision was made."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 & working against a pandemic is challenging itself," he wrote on Twitter.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 & working against a pandemic is challenging itselfMahmood is the only Pakistan cricketer who played IPL even after 2008. He became a British citizen in 2008 and played for Punjab Kings (then known as Kings XI Punjab) and Kolkata Knight Riders. He was Pakistan's bowling coach during the 2019 World Cup.As far as IPL's 2021 resumption is concerned, the board plans to host the tournament before or after T20 World Cup. Speaking to News18, IPL Chairman Brisjesh Patel delivered the update and said: “The remaining 31 matches will be completed whenever we can. So, matches will resume from where we left this year. We have to look at a window, before the ICC T20 World Cup or after the World Cup (October-November 2021)."