The pressure was mounting to postpone the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as India continues to grapple with a vicious second wave of coronavirus and the outbreak of Covid-positive cases in IPL teams served as the final blow to the glitzy T20 competition which is now postponed.
The bio-secure bubble in the IPL wasn't secure enough and it has taken a hit on the credibility and logistical capacity of the BCCI and the IPL management to host another mega event anytime soon amidst the horrific Covid situation in India where on average 3000 people are dying each day owing to the fatal virus and almost 400,000 cases are being reported every day.
India is due to host ICC Men's T20 World Cup in October-November this year but already a cloud of uncertainty is hovering over the viability of hosting the marquee event. The situation of Covid will have to dramatically improve and widescale vaccination alongside effective control of Covid spread could regain the confidence of 15 participating countries to visit India.
International Cricket Council (ICC) had already kept UAE and Sri Lanka as part of their contingency plan for hosting the World Cup. After the IPL fall out, chances will increase to move the tournament to UAE. The ICC panel of experts were scheduled to visit India in the last week of April to assess the nine venues selected for hosting World Cup in India but the ICC team's tour was called off because of the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.
Wriddhiman Saha, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were the initial players who tested positive for coronavirus that set the alarm bells ringing. Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye and R Ashwin left the tournament midway because of pandemic related reasons and umpire Nitin Menon couldn't continue officiating as he had to take care of his family who was fighting with coronavirus.