Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic hit sport in March 2020, forcing games to be played behind closed doors, and then getting cricket called off altogether. The PSL was suspended before the semi-finals, and all cricket ground to a halt. The men's T20 World Cup was postponed to 2021, the IPL to later in the year, and the launch of the Hundred deferred to 2021. International cricket only returned in July, when West Indies played in England in a biosecure bubble. In 2021, the PSL was hit by Covid again and its second half postponed.


BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on IPL 2021 bubble breach: 'Travelling could have been an issue'
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on IPL 2021 bubble breach: 'Travelling could have been an issue'

Says the board will have to do a 'post-mortem' to understand the situation inside the biosecurity bubble

Raging pandemic, air travel, SOP loopholes - why IPL 2021 couldn't repeat UAE success
Raging pandemic, air travel, SOP loopholes - why IPL 2021 couldn't repeat UAE success

Six months after an incident-free tournament overseas, there was no room for error this time given the ground situation

IPL 2021: Australians head to Maldives, New Zealand and Bangladesh on chartered flights on May 6
IPL 2021: Australians head to Maldives, New Zealand and Bangladesh on chartered flights on May 6

Covid-positive Michael Hussey still in India, "in the care of his franchise, the Chennai Super Kings"

Do your homework before signing up for T20 leagues - ACA to Australia players
Do your homework before signing up for T20 leagues - ACA to Australia players

"They signed up with their eyes wide open about some of the risks...what they didn't expect was the borders to be closed."

Mike Hussey tests positive for Covid-19
Mike Hussey tests positive for Covid-19

He is the first member of the overseas contingent to test positive in the 2021 IPL

Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa manage to make flight to Australia
Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa manage to make flight to Australia

There were concerns the pair could be stranded after the government's suspension of flights from India

Can the IPL wield its power to aid a country in crisis?
Can the IPL wield its power to aid a country in crisis?

As the pandemic wreaks havoc in India, the IPL marches on. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but can the BCCI make it count for more?

BCCI reassures IPL teams: 'You are totally safe within the bubble'
BCCI reassures IPL teams: 'You are totally safe within the bubble'

Says teams are not playing to win, but for "something far more important, humanity"

Australian players set for IPL exodus to the Maldives
Australian players set for IPL exodus to the Maldives

There are close to 40 Australians in the IPL bubble comprising players, coaching staff and commentators

Amit Mishra first player from Delhi Capitals to test positive for Covid-19
Amit Mishra first player from Delhi Capitals to test positive for Covid-19

He tested positive on two consecutive tests, and has been moved to a designated medical care facility

IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup - what happens next?
IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup - what happens next?

The Covid-19 situation isn't likely to improve anytime soon, and that leaves the BCCI with a lot to think about

After IPL postponement, UAE becomes contender for T20 World Cup
After IPL postponement, UAE becomes contender for T20 World Cup

IPL 2021 was meant to be a test case for the BCCI to understand if the T20 World Cup could've been held in a 'caravan model'

Covid-19: Franchises ask PCB to move remainder of PSL 2021 from Karachi to UAE
Covid-19: Franchises ask PCB to move remainder of PSL 2021 from Karachi to UAE

There has been a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases in Pakistan, and a partial lockdown is already in place in the country

IPL 2021 postponed as Covid-19 count increases
IPL 2021 postponed as Covid-19 count increases

BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla says, "remainder of the IPL will happen but in due course"

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Wriddhiman Saha tests positive for Covid-19
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Wriddhiman Saha tests positive for Covid-19

He trained with the Sunrisers on May 1, the same day he reported a fever

Chennai Super Kings' May 5 game against Rajasthan Royals postponed
Chennai Super Kings' May 5 game against Rajasthan Royals postponed

Super Kings CEO informs IPL that the entire contingent has gone into a week-long quarantine

Amid Covid concerns, BCCI considers moving the IPL to Mumbai
Amid Covid concerns, BCCI considers moving the IPL to Mumbai

BCCI is believed to be working on a plan that will minimise risks, especially in travel

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO: 'Sandeep fine; Varun a little under the weather'
Kolkata Knight Riders CEO: 'Sandeep fine; Varun a little under the weather'

"We have asked everybody in the bubble to quarantine, so they are isolated in their rooms," says CEO Venky Mysore

Covid-19 effect - Capitals players isolate, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers skip practice
Covid-19 effect - Capitals players isolate, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers skip practice

On Monday, two KKR players and three members of the CSK camp - including L Balaji - tested positive

IPL 2021 - Charter flight home for Australians? 'No suggestion at the moment,' says Cricket Australia chief
IPL 2021 - Charter flight home for Australians? 'No suggestion at the moment,' says Cricket Australia chief

"I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect," tweets an angry Michael Slater