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Know Why BCCI has ruled out shifting of IPL from Mumbai despite COVID-19 surge!!

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With the surge in the number of Covid cases in BCCI finds itself in a spot but they insist that moving the IPL out of Mumbai is not an option for them as of now.

Sourav Ganguly

With BCCI deciding to host games without spectators and all stakeholders — players, coaches, support staff, officials — inside a bio-bubble, “There is no gathering anywhere (for the games). The matches will be allowed without the audience and without any contact with anybody (outside the bio-bubble),” Aseem Gupta, secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation, said. There are also those in the Maharashtra government who believe that the IPL might actually prompt people to stay indoors.

Sourav Ganguly made it clear that the IPL will go ahead as per schedule since a last-minute shift will prove to be a logistical nightmare.

Mumbai is currently hosting four IPL teams — Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals.  Very few cities in the country can match Mumbai’s cricket infrastructure.

There are other problems too. Each IPL team comprises about 40 members. In case the BCCI moves the IPL to another city, it will have to arrange for nearly 200 rooms for the four teams. Additionally, they will need 30 more rooms for its umpires and staff. Joining this potential mass exodus will be the television production team and that can be adjusted in not less than 100 rooms.

In case the IPL is shifted, mass movement ,arranging chartered flights for the entire IPL bandwagon from Mumbai would not only be expensive, but also risky. Any kind of air travel would mean coming in contact with security personnel. Since most teams have already entered a secured bio-bubble, this change of plan would mean a fresh isolation protocol of minimum three days at the new venue. In case the BCCI moves the IPL to another city, it will have to arrange for nearly 200 rooms for the four teams, 30 more rooms for its umpires and staff.

The BCCI has decided to test everyone in the bio-bubble on a daily basis. The decision was taken after 10 Wankhede Stadium grounds staff and Delhi Capitals all-rounder Axar Patel Tested positive. There is a separate bio-bubble for grounds staff and curators.

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