There has been a cloud of doubt over how the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2021 would be conducted due to a plethora of positive COVID-19 tests being returned. 8 groundstaff at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where the first leg of the tournament for four teams would be held, tested positive for the virus three days ago. Further, a member of Chennai Super Kings’ content team had returned a positive test.
It was then the players as Axar Patel of Delhi Capitals and Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers Bangalore whose tests were confirmed to be positive, albeit the latter’s test had been taken in March. Now, two more groundstaff and one plumber at the Wankhede Stadium have reportedly tested positive as well, leading to further doubts despite the fact that the organizers have maintained that the tournament would go ahead as scheduled.
MCA confirms the three new positive tests
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) reportedly confirmed the news of the three new positive tests to ANI. They further stated that the members would not be travelling to different stadiums when the tournament shifts due to the new caravan format. They would instead be kept at the Wankhede Stadium itself.
“Two more groundstaff members and one plumber returned with positive Covid-19 results on Monday. Earlier, 10 groundstaff members had tested positive for Covid at the Wankhede. There is a club house inside the Wankhede Stadium, all the groundstaff will stay there till the Mumbai leg is over in order to conduct the IPL smoothly,” a source from the MCA reportedly told ANI.
The IPL begins on the 9th of April with a match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The first match in Mumbai is the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals on the 10th of April.