IPL 2021: No impact of lockdown on the IPL, says the MCA
IPL will be conducted without any impact of partial lockdown announced in Mumbai on sunday. This comes in the backdrop of the recent lockdown announced in Mumbai following the second surge in the numbers of Corona cases. But fans will not be allowed in the stadium.
This announcement comes as a big relief to the Cricket fans who were very eager to watch the IPL.
Last year, due to the worsening situation and of preparation in India, IPL could not be held in India but it was shifted to Abu dhabi for the safety of players.
The Maharashtra Cricket board made it clear that IPL will come off no matter what the situation is! All kinds of safety measures are made to keep the players safe. There is a secure bubble to ensure the safety of players. As already a few players have been infected by the Coronavirus.
We have had a call from the city municipal commissioner. The association has been assured that the lockdown measures will have no impact on the IPL games. The other cricketing activities will, however, have to be immediately stopped,” an office-bearer of the MCA told. The MCA official also confirmed that the IPL teams can continue to practise normally. “Any cricket activity that is part of a bio-secure bubble will be permitted uninterrupted,” the MCA official further said.
Amid the rising number of cases, the Maharashtra government took the decision to impose a partial lockdown across Maharashtra. Among the measures which were announced was the night curfew from the 8 pm to 7 am and weekend lockdown from 8 pm to 7 am. There was also uncertainty looming over the fate of IPL.
Mumbai is scheduled to host 10 matches of IPL with the first game being played between Chennai super kings and Delhi capitals.
All the matches will be played in the timeframe of 10 to 24 April where Chennai super kings, Delhi capitals, Rajasthan royals, Royal challengers Bangalore, Kolkata knight riders will play at the Wankhede stadium.
Mumbai is witnessing a new surge in the Corona cases with more than 9000 cases being reported everyday, which puts the cricket authorities in fear about the feasibility of conducting the IPL. But the relaxed rules for IPL gave the relief to the cricket fans. But apart from the IPL, all other cricketing activities are banned.