The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) is confident of organizing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the city between 10 and 25 April despite a sharp rise in Kovid-19 cases in Mumbai and says that in such a short time, an alternative It will not be possible to create a ‘bio-bubble’ at the site. Akshar Patel of Delhi Capitals and 10 employees of Wankhede Stadium and six members associated with the competition management appointed by the BCCI have been found positive with this deadly virus.
A senior BCCI official said on Saturday, “Yes, Hyderabad is one of the ‘stand by’ places but given all the practical reasons, we are still not thinking of shifting the match from Mumbai. It will be difficult to create another ‘bio-bubble’ in such a short time. ‘ Apart from this, the organizers are also worried about the Wankhede Stadium staff being found positive for Kovid-19. By Friday evening, their number was eight, which has now increased to 10.
Not only this, the test of six members of the event management team has also come positive and they have also been sent on quarantine. A senior official of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) said, “As far as the field workers are concerned, yesterday there were eight positive cases. Today two other cases were found positive. This increased their number to 10. All have been sent home and are living in isolation.
He said, ‘We are bringing other fielders of Mumbai Cricket Association from Kandivali for preparation. Apart from this, testing of six to seven employees of BCCI’s competition management has come up positive. In the afternoon, Delhi Capitals issued a statement saying that their spin all-rounder Akshar Patel has come positive after which they have been sent to the Kovid-19 Quarantine facility.
Mumbai currently have teams from Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings but none of the teams went to Wankhede. “Delhi Capitals and Punjab are practicing at Kings Brabourne Stadium and Bandra Kurla Complex Grounds,” the official said. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) practiced at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai before leaving for Chennai. It is expected that the BCCI medical unit will increase the number of tests in view of the increasing cases in the state.
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