With the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to begin on the 9th of April, a plethora of COVID-19 cases have thrown a shadow of doubt over how the tournament will be conducted smoothly. 10 ground staff at the Wankhede Stadium have tested positive for the virus and so has a member of the Chennai Super Kings’ content team. Further, players Axar Patel and Devdutt Padikkal also tested positive.
Now, according to a report by Outlook, 14 personnel of the Four Seasons Hotel where Star Sports World Feed Crew is staying have tested positive. They were part of the main production staff, staying in a bio-bubble. These included cameramen, producers, directors, EVS operators and video editors.
Sanjog Gupta the Head of Star Sports refused to shed light on the matter
“Please check with the BCCI…we don’t manage the Four Seasons bubble,” STAR Sports CEO Sanjog Gupta told Outlook when asked if there was any cause for concern.
“Star is concerned about their broadcast crew. If the ground-staff and event management team is getting Covid-19 infected – the same can happen to Star’s crew. They have to closely mingle around with both ground-staff as well as the event team. That is the reason Star is very concerned about the situation,” a BCCI source told InsideSport.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik on Monday too confirmed that the IPL matches would be going ahead in Mumbai as planned but the permissions are conditional. According to Malik, IPL & BCCI will have to strictly follow all norms and conditions set by Maharashtra Government.