The BCCI has deployed Axar Patel of the Delhi Capitals, ten members of the ground staff at Wankhede stadium, and six event managers to add to the growing list of promising COVID-19 cases in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which begins on April 9. The BCCI has retained Hyderabad and Indore as backup venues for the IPL in case the COVID situation worsens, but the BCCI is assured that the games will be held in Mumbai. “Yes, Hyderabad is one of the backup venues, but we are also not considering moving games from Mumbai for practical reasons. At such a short notice, it would be difficult to build another bio-bubble “On Saturday, a senior BCCI official told PTI.
The organisers are concerned over a rise in the number of cases at the Wankhede stadium. Until Friday evening, the number was 8, but now it is 10.
As if it wasn’t bad enough, six members of the case management team tested positive for COVID-19 and were placed in isolation.
“In terms of field personnel, there were eight good cases yesterday. Two more promising cases have surfaced today, and all ten have been sent home and are being segregated.”
“For preparations, we’re getting in new ground workers from the Mumbai CA ground in Kandivali. Six or seven of BCCI’s event management personnel have also tested positive “PTI talked to a senior Mumbai Cricket Association official.
The Delhi Capitals announced in the afternoon that spin all-rounder Axar Patel had been moved to a COVID isolation facility after testing positive for the virus.
“Axar Patel, an all-rounder for the Delhi Capitals, has tested positive for COVID-19. On March 28, 2021, he checked into the team hotel in Mumbai with a disappointing report. His second COVID test resulted in a positive result “According to the DC statement.
“He is currently being treated in segregation at a psychiatric hospital. The medical staff of the Delhi Capitals is in close contact with Axar, maintaining his safety and well-being.”
Maharashtra may face a mini-lockdown as a result of the addition of 47,000 cases on Friday, according to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
“…I’m indicating a full lockdown, although I’m not officially declaring it. If things don’t change in a few days and no other way is sought, we’ll have to declare another lockout, as is being done around the world “Late Friday, Maharashtra’s chief minister tweeted.
When asked about the case, a senior BCCI official acknowledged that the organisation is worried, but that matches will be held.
“Look, even though there’s a lockdown, the teams are in a bio-bubble, and it’s still a closed-door case.” So we’re still hopeful that IPL games in Mumbai will go ahead as scheduled, with Delhi Capitals taking on Chennai Super Kings on the second day of the tournament on April 10.
“However, Hyderabad and Indore are on standby in case things get out of hand.” “However, if there is a lockdown, it is much better to keep the games because the crowd aspect is taken care of even around the venue and other paces,” the office bearer told PTI.
Wankhede is now unavailable to all of the teams currently based in Mumbai: the Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Punjab Kings.
“For example, the Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings alternate training sessions at the Brabourne Stadium and the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) grounds. KKR is practising at the DY Patil in Navi Mumbai before heading to Chennai “a government official told
Due to the rise in cases in the province, BCCI’s medical unit is required to increase the testing rate.
Until last year, the IMG was in charge of the IPL’s case preparation and activities, but this year, the board is in charge of the event on its own.