According to reports, two ground staff members and one plumber have tested positive for deadly coronavirus at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai ahead of IPL 2021 opener.
One of the members of the Mumbai Cricket Association confirmed the development to ANI. Not more than a week is left for IPL 2021 to begin and such a piece of news could prove to be a roadblock in successfully organizing the tournament.
It has also been reported that all the staff members will be staying inside the ground till the completion of the games scheduled at Wankhede.
“Two more ground staff members and one plumber returned with positive Covid-19 results on Monday. Earlier, 10 ground staff members had tested positive for Covid at the Wankhede,” the MCA source told ANI on Tuesday.
“There is a clubhouse inside the Wankhede Stadium, all the groundstaff will stay there till the Mumbai leg is over in order to conduct the IPL smoothly,” the source added.
Not only the ground staff members have tested positive but a few players have also come out with positive results. Three players such as Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana and Axar Patel had also tested positive in the recent past. Nitish Rana, though, has recovered and has also started training with the team.
Nevertheless, the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has looked optimistic in conducting the tournament successfully. According to him, despite all the problems, the cash-rich league will be conducted as planned.
“Everything will go on as per schedule,” Ganguly had told ANI.