The dark cloud of COVID-19 is getting troublesome for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) as three more staff members in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 virus. This comes just 2 days before the start of the IPL 2021 season on April 9.
Wankhede Stadium will host many matches in the upcoming 14th edition of the tournament, however, there has been a slew of ground staff and another personnel testing positive for the Coronavirus. This has led to many stringent measures being taken to ensure the safety of players in the stadium.
All The Ground staff Will Stay To Stay In The Stadium Until End Of IPL 2021: MCA Official
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) sources confirmed that two ground staff and one plumber tested positive for the COVID-19. In order to ensure the safety of other members and players who will play the IPL matches in the Wankhede, the ground staff members would not be traveling and they will be staying in the stadium itself.
“Two more ground staff members and one plumber returned with positive Covid-19 results on Monday. Earlier, 10 ground staff members had tested positive for Covid at the Wankhede. There is a club house inside the Wankhede Stadium, all the ground staff will stay there till the Mumbai leg is over in order to conduct the IPL smoothly,” he MCA source told ANI on Tuesday.
RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal, Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel, and KKR’s Nitish Rana are the three players to have tested positive for Covid-19. And one of the franchises is highly concerned about this fact and called for stricter protocols.
“You do get a little concerned when you hear such things days before the start of the tournament. We have all been following protocols to the core, but obviously, when such a news come in, it makes us a little wary. We are looking at keeping things as tight as possible. Have to be on our guard,” the official had said.
Wankhede Stadium will host 10 IPL 2021 games from April 10-25. The first match at the Mumbai stadium is slated to be played on April 10 between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
There are four teams who have set bases in Mumbai for IPL 2021 are- Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals.