The Indian Premier League is just days away from its exciting start but organisers have already got their plate full with the ongoing pandemic.
To exacerbate the matters, 14 members in the broadcasting bio-bubble have reportedly tested positive for the Covid-19 in Mumbai’s Four Seasons Hotel.
The report, first published in Outlook, mentions that 14 people in the hotel where Star Sports World Feed Crew is staying have tested positive. The team that contracted the virus comprises cameraman, producers, directors, and technical staff that provide instant graphics and replays.
The news comes on the same day as three members of the ground staff and a plumber tested positive at the Wankhede Stadium.
New Restrictions in Mumbai Not to Impact IPL
Mumbai is currently the worst-stricken city in India by the pandemic with cases soaring every single day.
To curb the cases, the Maharashtra Government has taken lockdown measures, including night curfew from 8:00 pm to 7:00 am. A full weekend curfew is also in place. It will start on Friday, 8:00 pm, and will end on Monday, 7:00 am.
This curfew, however, will not be applicable to the players and staff in the IPL 14 bio-bubble. Players can practice even after 8:00 pm, albeit with restrictions, rules, and strict protocols. They can also travel to the hotel at night from the grounds.
All matches will be played in empty stadiums, with restrictions on who can enter the ground too.
The Indian Premier League games in Mumbai will go ahead as planned, and the same has been confirmed by BCCI’s President Sourav Ganguly.
However, there are reports floating around that BCCI is monitoring the situation in Mumbai closely. Hyderabad serves as a viable backup option, should the need arise to move venues.
Mumbai to Host 10 IPL Matches in April
Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host 10 IPL matches between April 10-April 25. The opening match is between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
These two teams, along with Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals, have set up their base in Mumbai and will be spending most of April here.
Between bio-bubbles, isolation, and protocols, players are bound to feel the heat at a mental level – something that may very well impact their on-pitch performance too.
The IPL 14 starts on April 9, with Mumbai Indians set to play Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener in Chennai.