Mumbai: While all eight franchises are set for the new season of the Indian Premier League, concern is being raised about some of the venues in the country amid a huge increase in corona virus cases across the country. The previous IPL season was played in the UAE, which the board decided to hold in India this season.
Despite concerns at some venues, sources said that the tournament would proceed as per schedule and there would be no change in the venues as well.
“BCCI is going ahead with the IPL as per the plan,” the source said. There has been no change in any of the 6 cities selected to host the tournament, although most of them have curfew. As it is without an audience, we will overcome it. The start is in Mumbai and Chennai, so both cities are fine. As we move forward, we will see if we need any new permission. ”
Earlier, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman Sourav Ganguly also confirmed that IPL 2021 which is going to start from 9 April will run as per schedule.
Ganguly recently told reporters, “There was a cabinet meeting today and some important decisions related to COVID-19. Strict rules have been made and they will be implemented from 8 pm tomorrow. The night curfew will remain in force from 8 am to 7 am. During the day, section 144 will come into force from tomorrow, barring more than five people from gathering at one place. It has been decided to close the mall, restaurants, bars. However, we will be able to take food from here. Essential services will be allowed. Government offices will open with 50 percent capacity. Industries will continue. There is no restriction on the construction work, the market. “
He said, “It has also been decided to implement strict lockdown in Maharashtra from 8 am to 7 am on Monday. The decision is taken after consultation. “
The IPL is about to begin at a time when around one lakh cases of corona virus are coming in daily in the country. The situation in Mumbai is worrisome, which will host 10 IPL matches this year.