IPL 2021 – BCCI keeps Hyderabad in contingency plans because of Covid-19 surge

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Board confident of sticking to schedule despite possibility of lockdown in Maharashtra

The BCCI is keeping a close eye on the growing number of Covid-19 cases in India, especially in Mumbai, but remains confident that it will be able to conduct the IPL as scheduled, starting in less than a week’s time. At the same time, Hyderabad has emerged as a back-up venue option, should one or more of the six designated host cities not be able to hold their matches.

The month of March has brought a rapid resurgence of Covid-19 in India, which the Maharashtra chief minister has acknowledged as a “second wave” that is “more severe than the previous one”. The state of Maharashtra – of which Mumbai is a part – is on the verge of a lockdown.

“Today, I am giving an indication for a complete lockdown, but not announcing it formally,” the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said. “If things do not improve visibly in a couple of days and if no other solution is found, we will have to announce another lockdown like it is being done globally.”

However, the BCCI has the state’s assurance that the development shouldn’t affect the IPL bubbles. The matches are meant to be held in a bubble without any crowds. All of the four teams who will start their IPL 2021 campaigns in Mumbai – Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals – are staying at exclusive accommodations, and don’t come in contact with anyone outside the bubble.

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