IPL 2021: 3 big reasons why BCCI said ‘NO’ to shifting IPL 2021 matches from Mumbai including CSK vs DC- With just a few days left for IPL 2021, a number of COVID-19 positive cases has put a question mark on the successful start of the cash-rich league. At first, nearly 8-10 groundsmen tested positive for COVID-19 (reported insidesport.co), following which 14 IPL crew were also found positive for the coronavirus (stated Outlook) creating an alarming situation ahead of IPL 2021. Now, 2 more groundsmen and one plumber have tested COVID-19 positive at Wankhede, reported ANI. The number doesn’t end here, IPL players RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal and DC’s Axar Patel are placed under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Nitish Rana had also tested positive for the virus but has joined KKR after testing negative twice.
“Everything will go on as per schedule”: Ganguly
Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has made it clear that the IPL will go ahead as per schedule. He feels that a last-minute shift will prove to be a logistical nightmare.
Mumbai reported 9,857 fresh cases and 21 fatalities on Monday taking the overall tally to 4,62,302 cases and 11,797 deaths.
Mumbai is hosting four IPL teams. They are Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals (RR). While CSK and DC are training at Wankhede Stadium, Punjab Kings and RR are training at Cricket Club of India (CCI).
Very few cities in India is known for its strong cricketing background, Mumbai has three top training facilities- Brabourne Stadium, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Thane’s Daddoji Kondev Stadium.
IPL 2021: 3 big reasons why BCCI said ‘NO’ to shifting matches from Mumbai
- Each IPL team comprises nearly 40 members, including players and coaching staffs. In case if BCCI moves to some other city, they will have to arrange nearly 200 rooms for the four teams. Also, at least 30 rooms will be required for umpires and other staffs. Moreover, the production crew would need somewhere around 100 rooms.
- In case of movement, the organisers need to manage chartered flights to travel from Mumbai. It will be expensive and tough to organise at the last-minute.
- Travelling would expose players to security personnel and breach the bio-secure bubble. A change in plan would mean a fresh isolation protocol. As per BCCI, all the players need to undergo 7-day mandatory quarantine to put things in place
MS Dhoni-led CSK and Rishabh Pant’s DC will face off in the opening match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday (April 10). The IPL 2021 opener will be played between Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai on April 9 (Friday).