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.


Chakravarthy, Warrier test positive for Covid-19; KKR vs RCB rescheduled
Chakravarthy, Warrier test positive for Covid-19; KKR vs RCB rescheduled

"Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases"

L Balaji among three in CSK camp to test positive for Covid-19
L Balaji among three in CSK camp to test positive for Covid-19

As things stand, CSK's match against Rajasthan Royals in Delhi on May 5 is set to go ahead

Covid-19 substitution: Jack Brooks in for Somerset after Lewis Gregory ruled out
Covid-19 substitution: Jack Brooks in for Somerset after Lewis Gregory ruled out

Brooks becomes county cricket's first Covid sub in match against Middlesex

Andrew Tye leaves for home as anxiety about worsening Covid-19 situation builds
Andrew Tye leaves for home as anxiety about worsening Covid-19 situation builds

ESPNcricinfo understands that two other Australian cricketers have told their franchise that they want to go home

Ricky Ponting: Covid-19 situation 'quite grim', but IPL can 'still bring a lot of joy'
Ricky Ponting: Covid-19 situation 'quite grim', but IPL can 'still bring a lot of joy'

Delhi Capitals coach says he has urged the overseas players in the team to help the locals cope

Non-playing PSL franchise member left bubble despite testing Covid-19 positive
Non-playing PSL franchise member left bubble despite testing Covid-19 positive

It brings into deeper scrutiny the nature of the PCB's biosecurity protocols

Independent team of doctors to investigate PSL safety measures
Independent team of doctors to investigate PSL safety measures

Infectious disease specialists will try to get to the bottom of why a spate of Covid-19 cases broke out in the PSL

PSL fallout: ICC CEO says 'learning' from T20 leagues ahead of T20 World Cup
PSL fallout: ICC CEO says 'learning' from T20 leagues ahead of T20 World Cup

Manu Sawhney says 'high probability things might not go as per plan'

A timeline of how Covid-19 forced PSL 2021 to be suspended
A timeline of how Covid-19 forced PSL 2021 to be suspended

From bubble breaches to game postponements to the tournament being indefinitely suspended, here's what happened between February 19 and March 4

PSL blame game begins with independent investigation on the horizon
PSL blame game begins with independent investigation on the horizon

A Lahore Qalandars spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo that there were breaches of the bubble at the team hotels

PSL postponement: Operational fiasco casts doubt on organisers' positions
PSL postponement: Operational fiasco casts doubt on organisers' positions

PCB's over-reliance on testing and mistakes in key moments under scrutiny

ICC CEO Geoff Allardice: 'Back-up plans' in place if India cannot host T20 World Cup
ICC CEO Geoff Allardice: 'Back-up plans' in place if India cannot host T20 World Cup

For now, the ICC plans to 'go ahead with the event as scheduled' even as India grapples with a second wave of Covid-19

Who played how much (the pandemic edition)
Who played how much (the pandemic edition)

The fourth of our global workload surveys looks at the year cricket briefly came to a standstill

Virus stops cricket
Virus stops cricket

It's been a year since the coronavirus pandemic forced cricket to a standstill

How 2020 made us fall in love with cricket all over again
How 2020 made us fall in love with cricket all over again

The pandemic showed us what we stood to lose, but it also gave us greater perspective on the issues that really matter

Tracker - how Covid-19 has affected IPL 2021
Tracker - how Covid-19 has affected IPL 2021

A list of players and support staff who tested positive for Covid-19 at various camps ahead of the 2021 edition

Covid-19: India A tour of England postponed, India Test team to travel with larger squad instead
Covid-19: India A tour of England postponed, India Test team to travel with larger squad instead

Tour games between English first-class teams and New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan also scrapped

ECB confident that summer schedule will survive despite India joining Covid-19 'red list'
ECB confident that summer schedule will survive despite India joining Covid-19 'red list'

No immediate impact on IPL participants, but quarantine periods may affect future engagements

ICC biosafety head: 'We don't want to cancel tournaments, we just want to have them safely'
ICC biosafety head: 'We don't want to cancel tournaments, we just want to have them safely'

Dr Dave Musker talks about the risks facing the T20 World Cup and the steps taken to mitigate them ahead of the tournament

There was cricket in 2020. Isn't that miracle enough?
There was cricket in 2020. Isn't that miracle enough?

A look back at a year like no other - one in which this writer played more games than in any other in decades