Meanwhile, two more staffers at the Wankhede Stadium have tested COVID-19 positive
On a day when severe restrictions were imposed all over Maharashtra to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Maharashtra made an exception for the Mumbai leg of the IPL.
The Wankhede Stadium is scheduled to host 10 matches, including three afternoon games, from April 10 to 25. With a Statewide night curfew to be implemented from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. till April 30, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had sought special permission to allow matches to be conducted and the training of other teams to be held.
Besides, the BCCI had also requested vehicular movement for the teams, broadcast crew and staff involved in the league.
“Accordingly, permission is being hereby accorded for the said request subject to scrupulous adherence to the bio-bubble,” Srirang Gholap, Under-Secretary of the Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation department, wrote in a letter to the BCCI on Monday.
The letter, accessed by The Hindu, states that the teams will train at the Cricket Club of India and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). The four teams that will play in Mumbai have been training at the CCI, MCA’s facility at Bandra Kurla Complex besides Jio Stadium and Dr. D.Y. Patil Sports Stadium, both in Navi Mumbai.
Two more test positive
Meanwhile, two more staffers at the Wankhede Stadium have tested COVID-19 positive. It is learnt that a groundsman and a casual labourer have contracted the virus on Monday.
A dozen MCA personnel at Wankhede have so far been found to be COVID-19 positive.
However, the BCCI and MCA officials are confident that it will not affect the conduct of games.