New Delhi: After the groundsman and 8 to 10 IPL event managers in Mumbai have confirmed covid positive, and now Devdutt Padikkal (RCB), Axar Patel (DC) have tested positive for Covid-19. According to the information BCCI’s official broadcaster Star Sports has also raised RED-FLAG with the Indian board about the Covid-19 situation in Mumbai.
“It’s too late to move the matches from Mumbai now. The members of the organizing team have been in a separate bubble. The players are in a strict bubble. BCCI had Hyderabad as a backup but it’s very difficult to move it in a week,” the BCCI official told the newspaper.
“Yes, it was 8 positive cases yesterday as far as ground-staff are concerned. Today two more positive cases have emerged and all 10 have been sent back home and are isolated. We are bringing fresh ground-staff from the Mumbai CA ground in Kandivali for preparations”, according to a senior MCA official.
“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”, said BCCI source.
“Look, even if there is a lockdown, the teams are in bio-bubble and also it’s a closed-door event. So we are still confident that IPL games in Mumbai will be held as per schedule with Delhi Capitals playing Chennai Super Kings on April 10 on the second day of the tournament.
“But Hyderabad and Indore are there on standby in case the situation goes out of hand,” the office-bearer told PTI on Saturday.
As for COVID-19, India recorded 89,129 new cases on April 3 and is currently the fifth worst-hit country in the world. Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu are the three of the top worst-hit states in India.