COVID-19 crisis: The ongoing second wave of wave of coronavirus wave has taken the entire country by storm. So much, that it has even disrupted the ongoing IPL 2021 tournament that has been taking place under bio-secure bubble.
Yesterday two KKR players Sandeep Warrier & Varun Chakravarthy had tested positive for COVID-19. That led to the postponement of the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore & Kolkata Knight Riders.
After monitoring the current situation under the bubble, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a bold step. The board has decided to move the entire tournament to Mumbai in two different venues.
The tournament will be shifted to Mumbai and matches will be conducted across two venues i.e., at Wankhede and DY Patel Stadium. And the board is planning to shift the remainder of the tournament after today’s game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Delhi.
Yesterday three members of the Chennai Super Kings franchise had tested positive for the coronavirus. Due to that, the game between CSK and RR will now be postponed (original schedule May 5.)
Only challenge for the BCCI in moving the entire tournament to Mumbai would be to prepare the bubble on such a short notice. Luckily, all the venues: Mumbai – Wankhede, DY Patil and Brabourne was prepared under the bubble for the teams to practice during the Mumbai leg.
This also implies that Bengaluru and Kolkata legs scheduled to begin next week will take place in Mumbai itself.
COVID-19 crisis impact on states
The noble virus has caused a catastrophe like situation in the entire country with over 3.5 lakhs cases being reported in the last 24 hours. The entire nation is shaken as it continues to fight the coronavirus while it is dealing in the highest-ever number of cases this time during the pandemic.