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IPL expected to shift from Mumbai to standpoint locations as 10 groundsmen at Wankhede stadium test COVID-19+

Ashish Matholiya

In Mumbai, IPL expected to shift from Mumbai to the decided standpoint locations (Indore and Hyderabad) as 10 groundsmen at Wankhede stadium test COVID-19+. Six members associated with the management program are also reported to be positive. Six members of the competition management team who have also tested positive have been sent on segregation. The status of the game is not yet clear, but there some expectancy that IPL matches could be held between 10 to 25 April at different standpoint locations(Indore and Hyderabad) by the Board of Control for Cricket in India if the condition of the corona virus is not controlled.

Total 47000 cases were reported in Maharashtra on Friday and the state government has already predicted the lock-down in a worsening condition. The presence of Corona positives at Wankhede Stadium staff and the upcoming match can also worsen the current situation.

A senior Mumbai Cricket Association official said during a PTI interview “As far as field workers are concerned, yesterday there were eight positive cases, Today, two other cases were found positive which increased their number to 10. All have been sent home and they are living in isolation. " He also added "We are bringing other fielders of Mumbai Cricket Association from Kandivali for preparation. Apart from this, testing of six to seven employees of BCCI's competition management has come up positive. "

During a conversation with a senior BCCI official, he stated, "See, the teams are in a bio-safe environment if there is a lockdown and spectators are not allowed to come to the stadium anyway." So, we still expect IPL matches to be held in Mumbai as per the pre-determined schedule. " Mumbai currently has teams from Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings but none of the teams have gone to the Wankhede Stadium.


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