Cancel IPL 2021 Matches In Karnataka, Convert Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium Into COVID-19 Care Centre: Congress MLC Urges Government

Cancel IPL 2021 Matches In Karnataka, Convert Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium Into COVID-19 Care Centre: Congress MLC Urges Government

M Chinnaswamy Stadium
M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCCI is facing heat for conducting IPL 2021 matches in India amid the rising pandemic of Covid-19. Now, a Congress MLC has urged Karnataka Government to cancel IPL 2021 matches in Karnataka and convert the M. Chinnaswamy stadium into a Covid care centre. M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru is one of the six venues for IPL 2021.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium has not hosted any match of IPL 2021 yet. However, the stadium is set to host 10 matches of IPL 2021 later. The matches at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium will begin on May 9, 2021, with the first game between Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings. So far, BCCI has successfully managed to conduct 22 matches in IPL 2021.

Doctors Testing Patients For Covid-19
Doctors Testing Patients For Covid-19 (Image Credit: Twitter)

Congress MLC Urges Govt To Cancel IPL 2021 Matches

Congress MLC Prakash K Rathod has written an open letter to Karnataka Government to cancel IPL 2021 matches in Chinnaswamy Stadium and convert the stadium into a Covid care centre instead.

“It is surprising that KSCA has been adamant on hosting the IPL games in Bengaluru. Has KSCA forgotten that Bengaluru is number one in Covid cases in India? Can KSCA’s Chinnaswamy stadium not be converted into a huge Covid centre instead?”, Congress MLC Prakash K Rathod said.

Rathod also said that Karnataka Government should ban all the sporting activities in Karnataka till the Covid-19 situation comes under control.

“Seven members of India’s women hockey team, who are currently lodged at the Sports Authority of India, have tested Covid positive. The Karnataka government should ban all training and sporting activities till the surge of cases come under control,” Rathod further said.

IPL 2021. CSK Players
CSK Players (Image Credit: Twitter)

Karnataka is among the top affected states for Covid-19. There are more than 2.8 lakh active Covid-19 cases in the state. In the past 24 hours, Karnataka has seen 29,744 fresh cases of Covid-19. Also, 201 people in Karnataka have lost their lives in the past 24 hours due to Covid-19.

India is witnessing a huge rise in the Covid-19 cases at present. More than 3 lakh fresh cases are arriving every day which has also created a big health crisis in the country.

In India, there are more than 28 lakh active cases of Covid-19 at present and the numbers are rising every day. During such a sensitive situation within the nation, BCCI is facing criticisms by many to host IPL 2021 matches.