Former England captain Michael Vaughan has come out in support of BCCI's decision to postpone IPL 2021. With COVID-19 cases creeping into the bio-secure bubble, the apex cricket board in India was left with no choice but to ensure the safety of all players.
Vaughan called the postponement a sensible decision. While praying for the well-being of everyone in India, he also hoped that the overseas players will soon find a way to return home safely.
"Seems a very sensible decision to postpone the IPL. Now cases have started to appear inside the bubble they had no other option. Hope everyone stays safe in India and all the overseas players can find a way back to there families," Vaughan wrote in his tweet.
Michael Vaughan recently questioned England and Australia players' double standard
Michael Vaughan had recently expressed reservations about England and Australia players featuring in the tournament. He was surprised that players from the two countries were allowed to feature in the cash-rich league after their national teams had opted out of the tour of South Africa.
At the same time, though, Michael Vaughan said that the IPL should go on, adding that it brings great joy to people in these tough times.
"I think the IPL should carry on .. The joy it will be bringing billions in these awful times every evening is important .. but I do find it tough to think back how England & Aussie pulled out of games in SA,yet both countries players are allowed to play in India !!!" Michael Vaughan wrote in his tweet.
Earlier in the day, the BCCI decided to suspend IPL 2021 indefinitely after multiple players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19.
"The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind," the BCCI said in its statement.
With players instructed to return home, it doesn't seem likely that the tournament will resume any time soon.