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India’s cricket premier league has been suspended indefinitely as the country is overwhelmed by a devastating surge of the coronavirus.
Brijesh Patel, the head of the tournament, told Reuters on Tuesday: “The tournament stands suspended, we are looking for another window.”
“Right now we can’t say when we can reschedule it.”
The Indian Premier League Governing Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement on Tuesday that they had “unanimously” decided to postpone the tournament “with immediate effect” in an emergency meeting.
“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 said.
A match that was part of the tournament had to be rescheduled on Monday after two players on the Kolkata Knight Riders team tested positive for the virus, Reuters reported.
India is battling a huge surge of the virus, and has recorded more than 300,000 new cases a day for almost two weeks.
Hospitals in the country have been overwhelmed and are dealing with a critical shortage of oxygen to treat patients.
Its official count of coronavirus cases passed 20 million on Tuesday.