The Indian Premier League is one of the biggest tournaments which has millions of viewers all over the world. Started in 2008, this cricket tournament has now become one of the most sought-after leagues and fans from all over the world look forward to this the entire year to support their favorite teams. According to bluefoxonline.in, it is extremely popular in India and also in other cricket-playing countries.
Most fans like to stay updated on the latest happenings, right from the auction till the day of the finals. IPL fans are always looking for the latest news, so fresh ipl news is in demand. Fans who want to know every detail are curious about fresh ipl news, even more, this year because of the coronavirus pandemic crisis. The raging pandemic has made it tough and uncertain for the tournament and authorities are taking all kinds of precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.
10 matches are set to be played in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which was a covid hotspot until last week. Things seem to be going back to normal now as most of the staff at the stadium has tested negative, all in time for the IPL. Prasanth Rao, a curator from Bengaluru who has been appointed by the BCCI to see the preparation of the ground and pitches, recently came out to say that the stadium is ‘ready for the IPL’. The renowned Wankhede Stadium will host 10 matches from April 10th to 24th.
This statement comes as a big relief because there was an air of uncertainty around the Mumbai matches because 10 ground staff members of the Wankhede Stadium had tested positive for covid-19 last week. The Mumbai Cricket Association had to arrange staff members from a stadium in Kandivali and had to organize accommodation for them at the Garware Club in the Wankhede complex. Officials from MCA had said that the club is only 50 meters away from the stadium complex and the affected members will be confined in the club till 25th April.
In the meantime, the stadium has been opened for IPL teams posted in Mumbai. Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have begun practice in the stadium on Wednesday for their upcoming match on Saturday. Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals were allowed into the stadium on Thursday. Delhi and Chennai teams will be back in the stadium on the eve of the match.
The Government of Maharashtra has granted special permission for teams and IPL staff for practice at Wankhede, CCI, and BKC grounds past the curfew time of 8 pm as per the new lockdown restrictions imposed in the state. Permission was requested for the teams to be allowed to practice late and for their movement to be allowed between the stadium and their hotel’s past curfew time. Accordingly, the permission was granted as reported through a letter of an undersecretary of the Maharashtra government. This was done seeing that 9 of the 10 matches in Wankhede are going to be night contests.