BCCI considers shifting IPL 2021 entirely to Mumbai as Covid-19 crisis deepens
The BCCI is reportedly planning to shift the remainder of the IPL 2021 to Mumbai as the Covid-19 crisis deepens over the league. The move is being contemplated after a few COVID cases within IPL bio-bubbles were reported in Ahmedabad & 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.
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.