The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is around the corner and the Maharashtra government on Monday cleared the air that they will host amid the COVID-affected Mumbai. However, this time, they even gave permission to the teams to practice after 8 pm and travel to their respective hotels during the night curfew that has been imposed to restrict the global pandemic which has started affecting people with its second wave.
Due to the massive number of COVID-19 positive cases in Mumbai and Maharashtra, the state government on Sunday announced to “Break the Chain”, which stated that the night-curfew from 8 pm to 7 am on weekdays has been imposed on Maharashtra, including Mumbai as well. The guidelines are going to be affected from this evening. However, the state government has also allowed the IPL franchises to practice after 8 pm as well along with “strict adherence to bio-bubble”. The 2021 edition of the league will begin in Chennai on April 9.
"Considering the match-timings, teams practising at the CCI and MCA are scheduled to practice in 2 sessions — from 4pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 10pm,” shared Srirang Gholap, Under Secretary of the Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation department, in a letter issued to the BCCI. Mumbai will host 10 matches of the IPL at the Wankhede Stadium and nine of them will start at 7.30 pm. The first game will be played at the Wankhede on April 10 between the three-time IPL title winner Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.
Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded more than 11,000 COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday and the recent surge has left everyone in trouble too.
“…permission has been requested for teams and the IPL staff (to) be allowed to practice inside the grounds after 8pm and they may be allowed free movement from the ground to their respective hotels after the said time. Accordingly, permission is being hereby accorded for the said request subject to scrupulous adherence to the bio-bubble,” revealed the letter, a copy of which is in possession of PTI as well.