The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to kick-off from the 9th April 2021. But just a week before it began Delhi capitals left-arm spinner Axar Patel, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opener Devdutt Padikkal and few groundsmen of Wankhede Stadium tested positive of Covid-19. The respective team management confirmed the news.
Axar Patel is returning as a hero from the recent test series victory against England and is expected to continue that form in IPL too and RCB’s Padikkal had a fantastic IPL season last year and will be looking forward to picking up where he left off.
The BCCI is now looking forward for more stringent steps to keep the bio bubble secure for the players and team management. The sources said that seeing the present situation there is no need to get into a panic mood. There is also a proposal to keep a separate bubble for the ground staff & organizers.
Currently, five out of the eight IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals & Kolkata Knight Riders are based in Mumbai and being the Covid capital any plan ‘B’ can also be implemented. KKR will soon be travelling to Chennai for their first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on the 11th of April.
If the Covid cases tend to increase more in the coming days in Mumbai then it is possible that the venue maybe shifted. Hyderabad and Indore are the standby options for hosting the IPL matches. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday has confirmed that everything will go as per the schedule as of now.
BCCI worried about Covid-19 spread ahead of IPL 2021:
Seeing the rapid increase in the Covid cases(Padikkal and Patel), the BCCI is also planning to vaccinate the players to cope with the virus. The board is already in talks with the Health Ministry regarding the same.
The first match of IPL-14 will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the 9th of April in Chennai.