The number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai has caused quite a large cloud of doubt over the conducting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is scheduled to begin on the 9th of April. Positive tests among groundstaff, content teams, broadcast teams, players and coaching staff have already been reported ahead of the tournament, but the organizers have remained confident that the tournament will go ahead as per the schedule.
10 groundstaff and one plumber from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai were four teams play their first leg of fixtures was reported earlier. There were also positive tests among Star Sports’ broadcast team. Also, players Axar Patel and Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive. In that vein, Kiran More, the wicket-keeping consultant and scout of Mumbai Indians (MI) has also tested positive.
Mumbai Indians release statement
Mumbai Indians release an official statement about Kiran More’s positive test. They wrote, “Mumbai Indians’ scout and wicket keeping consultant Mr. Kiran More has tested positive for Covid-19.“
“Mumbai Indians and Kiran More have followed all the BCCI health guidelines. The MI medical team will continue to monitor Mr. More’s health and abide by the BCCI protocols. We would like to remind our fans to be safe and follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviors in these difficult times,” the franchise added. More is said to be asymptomatic at present.
Despite the COVID-19 scare in the camp, ANI has reported that all the MI players have tested negative for the virus.
MI begin their IPL campaign on the 9th of April against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.