The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) is likely to keep a backup venue as covid-19 cases in Mumbai continues to grow with each day. The state of Maharashtra has the most number of coronavirus cases in India which is why BCCI is keeping all options open and might shift Mumbai IPL 2021 matches to another venue.
BCCI to keep Hyderabad as a backup option for IPL 2021
According to reports BCCI has kept the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad as a backup choice for the IPL 2021 as Mumbai is currently experiencing a second wave of COVID-19. Even though BCCI has very strict COVID-19 protocols but they don’t want to take any chances and if cases in Mumbai keeps rising they might shift the matches to Hyderabad.
According to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, the state could also go under lockdown once again if the circumstances don’t improve.
“Today, I am giving an indication for a complete lockdown, but not announcing it formally. If things do not improve visibly in a couple of days and if no other solution is found, we will have to announce another lockdown like it is being done globally,” said Uddhav Thackeray.
Although even if lockdown is imposed in Mumbai the BCCI has the state’s assurance that it wouldn’t change the IPL bubbles, and all IPL 2021 matches in the state will go as intended. Mumbai is supposed to host 10 IPL 2021 matches and the first of those will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals next Saturday.
Yesterday it was also revealed that 8 of the 19 groundsmen at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai have been tested COVID-19 positive which is why BCCI has kept the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad as a backup venue to host matches in IPL 2021.