Here are all of the stories that dominated the news today.
1. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refers to IPL columnist Michael Slater’s remark that he has “blood on his hand.”
Michael Slaters’ remark was dismissed by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “absurd.” The Prime Minister said on a morning talk show that the travel ban is a necessary step to ensure the safety of Australians and that it is just a temporary measure.
2. The BCCI issues NOCs to four Indian women cricketers in order for them to compete in The Hundred.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued No Objection Certificates (NOC) to four female cricketers, allowing them to compete in The Hundred’s inaugural edition.
3. Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra test positive for COVID-19 in IPL 2021
The IPL was dealt another setback when it was revealed that Delhi Capitals leg-spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha had tested positive for the coronavirus.
4. Reports say that the BCCI has turned a deaf ear to the governing council’s suggestion that the IPL be held in the UAE in 2021.
5. IPL 2021: The BCCI decides to put the tournament on hold indefinitely.
The BCCI and the IPL Governing Council unanimously agreed to suspend the tournament indefinitely after several accounts of players within the bio-bubble turned positive. The BCCI deemed the move necessary, citing everyone’s safety as a priority.
6. Jason Behrendorff makes a donation to UNICEF Australia’s India programme. COVID-19 Emergency Appeal
Following in the footsteps of a slew of cricketers who have contributed to India’s battle against COVID-19, Jason Behrendorff, the 31-year-old Australian pacer, has agreed to contribute to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal, a campaign launched by Cricket Australia in collaboration with the Australian Cricketer.
7. In a letter to PCB, franchises request that the remainder of PSL 2021 be moved from Karachi to the UAE.
In a joint letter to the Pakistan Cricket Board, all six participating teams in the Pakistan Super League tournament urged the board to move the shortened tournament to the UAE rather than Karachi due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the Asian nation in the last month.
8. There are doubts about the T20 World Cup after the IPL 2021 was postponed indefinitely.
Following the IPL’s abrupt end, there is growing concern about the T20 World Cup’s future. In October, the multi-country tournament will be held in India. The cancellation of the IPL has thrown cricket schedules into disarray once more. Meanwhile, there are rumours that the T20 World Cup will be moved to the United Arab Emirates.
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Last Updated on May 4, 2021