PBKS vs KKR in IPL 2021: GCA ready to host first IPL match at Narendra Modi Stadium amid Covid-19 surge

IPL 2021: Narendra Modi Stadium sealed for outsiders as GCA gears up for IPL leg 2 amid rising Covid cases
IPL 2021: Narendra Modi Stadium sealed for outsiders as GCA gears up for IPL leg 2 amid rising Covid cases

PBKS vs KKR, IPL 2021: Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is all set to host the its first ever IPL match in Ahmedabad as Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders gear up to lock horns at Narendra Modi Stadium. GCA had sealed the premise two weeks before the clash to minimise the risk of Covid-19. Around 60 persons, including officials, administrative, technical and ground staffs will be allowed in the stadium.

“Yes the stadium was sealed earlier this week, two weeks before the first match to be played here on 24th to check the transmission of Covid 19 cases. We are functioning with just one-third of our staff. Overall it should be around 60 persons that include GCA officials, administrative, technical and ground staff. We have opened only 1 gate out of the 4 gates,” GCA joint secretary Anil Patel told Insidesport.co in an exclusive interview on Friday.

PBKS vs KKR in IPL 2021: GCA ready to host first IPL match at Narendra Modi Stadium amid Covid-19 surge

Elaborating the details of the preparation at the venue, Patel said: “We are strictly adhering to BCCI guidelines and state government protocols. On match days, two separate gates for players and others, including staff members, groundsmen and caterers and logistic people will be used. No outsider or any spectator will be allowed inside the stadium at any cost. Bio bubble in Zone 1 will consist of IPL teams and support staff, Zone 2 will have a bio-bubble consisting of broadcasters and their support staff and Zone 3 consists of ground staff, housekeepers and 30 members of each franchisee, around 15 BCCI, IPL and GCA officials.”

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The GCA joint secretary said: “A team of around 10 BCCI officials are in Ahmedabad to oversee the arrangements and monitor the situation on a day to day basis. There is a zero-tolerance to breach any bio-bubble. All teams will travel in dedicated private jets. All GCA officials and staff members have received Covid vaccines. We are working with just 30 per cent of staff and will continue to have period covid tests. We are also using private security of around 60 to man the stadium. If anyone tests The isolation process for any Covid case will be quick and we have tied up with Apollo Hospital.”

IPL 2021: Schedule of matches in Ahmedabad

April 26, Monday Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
April 27, Tuesday Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
May 01, Sat Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
April 30, Friday Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
May 2, Sunday Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
May 3, Monday Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
May 8, Thursday Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings 7.30 PM Ahmedabad
May 7, Saturday Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 3.30 PM Ahmedabad

PBKS vs KKR in IPL 2021: GCA ready to host first IPL match at Narendra Modi Stadium amid Covid-19 surge