The BCCI remains hopeful of performing the scheduled IPL matches in Mumbai from April 10-25 in spite of a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the city and 10 members of the Wankhede Arena personnel testing favorable for the lethal virus.Indore and Hyderabad have been kept as stand by places for the IPL in case the COVID scenario spirals out of control. Mumbai is set up to host 10 games of the cash-rich league.
With in excess of 47,000 cases on Friday, Maharashtra is taking a look at a potential situation of mini-lockdown. Of equal issue to the organisers is the number of groundstaff at the Wankhede increasing from 8 to 10 between Friday night and Saturday morning.
If that wasn’t enough, around six members of the occasion management group have actually also checked positive for COVID-19 and have been sent to isolation.”Yes, it was 8 favorable cases yesterday as far as ground-staff are worried. Today two more favorable cases have actually emerged and all 10 have actually been returned home and are separated.”We are bringing fresh ground-staff from the Mumbai CA ground in Kandivali for preparations. Also 6 to 7 occasion management personnel hired by BCCI have likewise evaluated positive,” a senior Mumbai CA official told PTI.When a senior BCCI office-bearer was asked about the scenario, he confessed that BCCI is undoubtedly worried.”Look, even if there is a lockdown, the teams remain in bio-bubble and likewise it’s a closed-door event. So we are still confident that IPL video games in Mumbai will be held as per schedule with Delhi Capitals playing Chennai Super Kings on April 10 on the second day of the tournament.”But Hyderabad and Indore exist on stand by in case the scenario heads out of hand,” the workplace bearer told PTI on Saturday.As of now, none of the groups presently in Mumbai– Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings– have access to Wankhede.”Delhi Capitals advertisement Punjab Kings for example are taking rely on train at the Brabourne Stadium and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) ground. KKR is training in Navi Mumbai at the DY Patil prior to they leave for Chennai,” the main informed.It is anticipated that BCCI’s medical system will enhance the screening rate due to the rise of cases in the state.The occasion management and operations of IPL till last year, was managed by the IMG but from this year, the board is handling the occasion by itself.”We have enough back-up staff to handle as we had factored because the situation in Mumbai is grim at the moment. But yes, we are carefully keeping an eye on the situation,” the official included.