The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition kick starts today with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai. The 52day-long tournament will be played across six venues and will be a closed door affair due to the rising Covid-19 cases in the country. In the last couple of days, India has already recorded over a lakh of new cases and the cities hosting IPL matches are among those where the viruses’ onslaught has been at its worst.
In view of the rising cases, several state governments have imposed strict curbs/restrictions in place. Delhi, one of the venues for this season, has imposed a night curfew till April 30. The Maharashtra government has announced a fresh set of restrictions for Mumbai and other places in the state which have been battered by the pandemic. While the restrictions currently do not have an impact on the tournament yet, the scenario could change anytime if there is a surge in cases.