With the IPL 2021 on course to begin, things have taken a back as eight ground staff members at the Wankhede Stadium have been positive. for COVID-19. The Wankhede is scheduled to host 10 league games from April 10 to 25.
As per sources, all 19 ground staff members at the Wankhede Stadium were given PCR tests over the last few days. Three individuals were tested positive for the virus during the tests of March 26, but it soon moved on to five more reports of positive cases on the tests that were conducted on April 1.
It still remains a question whether the rest of those from the ground staff had isolated themselves in time. The 14th edition of the IPL is supposed to start on April 9, with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore starting off proceedings.
The Mumbai Cricket Association is expected to bring its ground staff from the other two facilities as of now. The Sharad Pawar Academy at the Bandra Kurla Complex and the Sachin Tendlukar Gymkhana at Kandivali are the two said facilities from where they can get the required replacements.
However, with COVID-19 cases rising in the nation and more particularly in Mumbai, the BCCI might have to come up with a decision if they want to persist or move away from the said venue.
As a result of the recent spike, the BCCI had planned in advance to conduct the IPL behind closed doors this season.
If things are to go according to plan, it will be defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) that takes on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Pune. The ball by ball coverage will be done by Star Sports as well as Hotstar.