A BCCI official has confirmed the board’s plans to take the remainder of the IPL 2021 to Mumbai. The CSK vs RR match is also likely to be postponed while MI vs SRH match is on as scheduled at the moment
Having wreaked havoc all across India, Covid-19 has started to cause disruptions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 too. Positive cases in Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings camp forced the organisers to postpone the KKR vs RCB match on Monday. Now, it has been learned that the CSK vs RR match is also likely to suffer the same consequences.
A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official, speaking to news agency ANI, admitted that the chances of the Chennai vs Rajasthan game, scheduled for Wednesday, going ahead are slim although the match between Mumbai and Hyderabad on Tuesday is on schedule at present.
“As of now, the Delhi game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad is on. But tomorrow’s game is likely to get postponed as Balaji has again tested positive for COVID-19. So we have two teams down, Kolkata Knight Riders and CSK,” the official said.
The official also confirmed that the board is planning to shift the entire league to Mumbai considering the risk of contracting the virus through travels across 6 venues. With the Covid-19 situation inside Mumbai also looking much better than before, the city’s three venues offer a solution that could resolve the BCCI’s problems.
“Coming to the league itself, we are looking at moving base to Mumbai, but are awaiting clearance from the Maharashtra government and once that is done, we will be good to go. Should take us another couple of days to get the clearance.”
The Delhi and Ahmedabad leg is active at present while the tournament had to shift to the Bengal and Bengaluru leg next. When asked about the decision to ditch the plan, the official said: “It is better to avoid a situation than to think of a substitute once you land in a problem is all I will say.”
While two players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – have been tested positive in the KKR camp, the CSK camp has seen bowling coach L Balaji, a support staff member and a bus cleaner contracting the virus.
“The (CSK) contingent has two COVID-19 positive cases. A support staff member has tested positive and a bus cleaner. Cannot give you the name of the support staff. The team’s training session has been cancelled as a precautionary measure,” the official said.