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BCCI considers shifting IPL 2021 entirely to Mumbai as Covid-19 crisis deepens

With positive Covid-19 cases emerging within IPL bubbles in Delhi and Ahmedabad, the BCCI is reportedly planning to shift the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 to Mumbai.

IPL 2021: Remainder of T20 league to be played entirely in Mumbai? (Courtesy by BCCI)

IPL 2021: Remainder of T20 league to be played entirely in Mumbai? (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • BCCI is reportedly planning to shift the remainder of IPL 2021 to Mumbai
  • Mumbai has three cricket stadiums that can host IPL 2021 matches
  • COVID-19 positive cases have emerged within IPL bubbles in Delhi and Ahmedabad

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly planning to shift the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to Mumbai as the Covid-19 crisis deepens over the league. The move is being contemplated after the emergence of COVID-19 positive cases within IPL bio-bubbles in Ahmedabad and Delhi.

Mumbai can host IPL 2021 matches in three stadiums – Wankhede, DY Patil and Brabourne. While the Wankhede Stadium hosted ten matches during the first half of IPL 2021, the other two venues were used for training purposes.

Notably, Monday’s IPL 2021 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was rescheduled after the positive Covid-19 cases. KKR have gone into hard quarantine with Sandeep and Varun isolation under the supervision of the health experts in the team.

Shortly after that, two members of the Chennai Super Kings franchise have tested positive for Covid-19, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 confirmed on Monday. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner have reportedly returned positive results.

“Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19.

“Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest,” IPL said in a statement.

5 players have already left the tournament mid-way into the 14th season as India continues to fight the dangerous second wave of Covid. The country is dealing with an acute shortage of oxygen, hospital beds and even vaccines amid the rapid rise in corona cases.

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