IPL 2021: BCCI hopeful of staging matches in Mumbai regardless of 10 Wankhede employees members testing optimistic for COVID-19

IPL 2021: BCCI hopeful of staging matches in Mumbai regardless of 10 Wankhede employees members testing optimistic for COVID-19

Mumbai: The BCCI stays hopeful of conducting the scheduled IPL matches in Mumbai from 10-25 April regardless of a large surge in COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis and 10 members of the Wankhede Stadium employees testing optimistic for the lethal virus.

Indore and Hyderabad have been stored as stand by venues for the IPL in case the COVID scenario spirals uncontrolled. Mumbai is scheduled to host 10 video games of the cash-rich league.

With an extra of 47,000 circumstances on Friday, Maharashtra is taking a look at a possible scenario of a mini-lockdown. Of equal concern to the organisers is the variety of floor employees on the Wankhede going up from 8 to 10 between Friday night and Saturday morning.

File image of Wankhede Stadium. Reuters

File picture of Wankhede Stadium. Reuters

If that wasn’t sufficient, round six members of the occasion administration crew have additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19 and have been despatched to isolation.

“Sure, it was 8 optimistic circumstances yesterday so far as ground-staff are involved. Right now two extra optimistic circumstances have emerged and all 10 have been despatched again residence and are remoted.

“We’re bringing contemporary ground-staff from the Mumbai CA floor in Kandivali for preparations. Additionally, 6 to 7 occasion administration employees employed by BCCI have additionally examined optimistic,” a senior Mumbai CA official instructed PTI.

When a senior BCCI office-bearer was requested concerning the scenario, he admitted that BCCI is certainly involved.

“Look, even when there’s a lockdown, the groups are in bio-bubble and in addition it is a closed-door occasion. So we’re nonetheless assured that IPL video games in Mumbai will likely be held as per schedule with Delhi Capitals taking part in Chennai Tremendous Kings on 10 April on the second day of the event.

“However Hyderabad and Indore are there on stand by in case the scenario goes out of hand,” the office-bearer instructed PTI on Saturday.

As of now, not one of the groups at the moment in Mumbai — Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings — have entry to Wankhede.

“Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings for instance are taking turns to coach on the Brabourne Stadium and Bandra Kurla Advanced (BKC) floor. KKR is coaching in Navi Mumbai on the DY Patil earlier than they go away for Chennai,” the official knowledgeable.

It’s anticipated that BCCI”s medical unit will improve the testing fee because of the surge of circumstances within the state.

The occasion administration and operations of IPL until final yr, was dealt with by the IMG however from this yr, the board is dealing with the occasion by itself.

“We’ve sufficient backup employees to deal with as we had factored in that the scenario in Mumbai is grim in the meanwhile. However sure, we’re carefully monitoring the scenario,” the official added.

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