The ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has raised doubts on whether the forthcoming edition of IPL 2021 will take place in the state or not. The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) had also stated that it has already come up with a contingency plan to go ahead with the tournament.
However, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) stated that the ongoing spike in the state would not have any significant impact on the tournament..
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister also announced a partial lockdown this Sunday to contain the number of cases in the state.
“We have had a call from the city municipal commissioner. The association has been assured that the lockdown measures will have no impact on the IPL games. The other cricketing activities will, however, have to be immediately stopped,” MCA’s official bearer told Cricbuzz.
Seven staff members of the Wankhede Stadium had tested positive for COVID-19 this week. But the MCA official reiterated that the teams shall continue to practice at the facility.
“Any cricket activity that is part of a bio-secure bubble will be permitted uninterrupted,” the MCA further stated.
A total of 10 league stage matches will take place at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with the clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9.
The Mumbai leg will take place between April 10 to 24 with six teams – Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Royals Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders to play at the venue..