The Indian Premier League (IPL) Mumbai match will be played as scheduled despite the Maharashtra state government imposing a similar lockdown on statewide restrictions starting today. But the BCCI chief stated that the restrictions will not affect IPL matches in Mumbai and matches will continue as per schedule in Mumbai.
The head of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sourav Ganguly, said, "No, it is on time." Mumbai is set to host 10 matches in the tournament and has so far successfully held 2 matches in a strict biosecurity environment. With eight matches remaining in the city, they will meet the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Capitals on Thursday, followed by the Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings the following day.
IPL 2021: BCCI official says Mumbai Lockdown is a “blessing in disguise” for smooth IPL operation
The BCCI official believes that the restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra state government could be a "blessing in disguise" for the proper operation of the IPL. According to a BCCI official, this would mean complete restriction of unwanted people, limiting the possibility of Covid 19 transmission in and around Mumbai Wankhede Stadium, one of the main venues of the IPL 2021 season.
We are watching developments closely. We fully adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines. There is no possibility to change the five-place matches, including Mumbai. In fact, the two games played so far in Wankhade have been running smoothly without relapses. A senior BCCI official told on the condition of anonymity that the night curfews and weekend curfews appear to be a blessing in disguise as far as the IPL process is concerned given the massive momentum in Covid 19 cases in Maharashtra and Mumbai.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry official said that the situation is completely under control and that the isolated cases that have appeared have not been able to break the bubble. "Some players were injured while traveling. They have been quarantined and isolated. The gardeners and others have come from different parts of town and have been replaced. Everything is under control. You don't have to worry when it comes to players, coaches, and support staff.
Some franchisees who have mostly chosen to keep their cards close to their chests. When he asked not to be named as one of the main officials of the franchisor, he said: “We understand the seriousness of the situation and trust the decision and wisdom of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in this regard. We were told that the matches will continue as scheduled in the designated venues. There was no written communication, but it was done. We are verbally told not only our franchisor but the eight franchisees that they are not looking elsewhere for alternative locations yet. Yes, I agree with BCCI's view that the shutdown could be a blessing in disguise when it comes to IPL matches in Mumbai. "
Earlier, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patil explained that IPL will remain in Mumbai despite the increasing cases in Maharashtra city and state. IPL matches will be held in Mumbai. Once you are in a bubble nothing happens. Even last season in the UAE, there were some of these events in the lead up to the event, but once the tournament started, everything was fine, ”he said recently, adding:“ We have the necessary permission and guarantees. The state government to hold matches there. Mumbai will only host ten matches between 10-25 April and there will be nothing to worry about inside the vital bubble. We are in a well-secured position and the players and support staff will be safe. "
IPL President Brijesh Patel and IPL GC Member Aaron Dumal also supported the opinion of BCCI President, saying that the issue of relocation at this point had not arisen.