New Delhi: The Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 starts from today. BCCI announced that the media will not be allowed to cover the event from the venues due to the covid-19 pandemic but if the situation improves the rules and regulations will be lifted. The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians will compete at MA Chidambaram Stadium today in Chennai.
“Owing to the health and safety concerns, media personnel will not have access to the stadium to cover the games or team practice sessions,” the BCCI said in a release.
“If health and safety conditions are more favorable later in the season, media may be allowed to access the stadiums to cover the tournament. Such an announcement will be made in due course,” the BCCI statement read.
Earlier, 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.