IPL 2021: Matches will be organised as per schedule, no changes possible

New Delhi: The Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 will start from April 9. The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians will compete at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

While the vaccination drive has begun in India, the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. The virus’s second wave seems to be spreading, and as a result, the IPL 2021 will only be held in a few venues behind closed doors and without spectators. It is worth noting that a few of the players and support staff members of teams have tested positive for the virus during their quarantine period. 

In India, Maharashtra has registered the most number of cases. A number of rumors circulated that matches would be moved away from Wankhede but BCCI officials already confirmed that “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”.

Speaking to the Telegraph, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly talked about the virus scare and as well as how the Board intends to conduct the tournament.

“Everything will go on as per schedule. The IPL matches will be held in Mumbai. Once you are in a bubble nothing happens. Even in the UAE last season, there were a few such incidents in the lead-up to the event but once the tournament started everything was fine,” Sourav Ganguly told Telegraph.

“We have got the necessary permission and assurances from the state government to conduct matches there. Mumbai will be hosting only ten matches between April 10 to 25 and there will be nothing to worry about inside the bio-bubble. We are in a well-secured set-up and the players and support staff will be safe,” Dada added.

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