IPL 2021 set to move Mumbai after bio-bubble breach in Delhi & Ahmedabad

Kingshuk Kusari

Kingshuk Kusari

Author| May 4, 6:06 AM

Photo: IPL
Photo: IPL

The Board of Control for Cricket in India are shifting the Indian Premier League to Mumbai to complete the rest of the games, Sportsstar has confirmed.

The decision comes after bio bubbles were breached in both venues that are hosting the second leg of the tournament and the board feels that given the current condition of the rest of the venues it will be better to complete the rest of the fixtures in Mumbai.

"Due to the logistical and health safety reasons, we may have to take two or three days’ break but that can be made up with additional double-headers" an official confirmed to the publication requesting annonimity.

On Monday morning, 3 May, several media houses reported that two teams have members who were feeling unwell and upon testing were found to be covid positive.

As panic ensued through the day, it was confirmed at Kolkata Knight Riders, who are stationed in Ahmedabad, have two players affected by Covid-19, while Chennai Super Kings have three members affected by the virus, but none of whom are players.

While there was no official confirmation from BCCI on the matter throughout the day, IPL, in a media release stated that they were forced to postpone the 30th encounter of the league, a 7:30 pm game between RCB and KKR.

In a Sports Today YouTube podcast later in the evening, Boria Majumdar confirmed that the entire KKR team have been put under hard quarantine for five days with no one allowed to get out of their rooms.

Coincidentally the match between RR and CSK, scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, has been postponed as well.

As of today, it is learnt that the franchises are on board with the idea to shift to Mumbai, given the Covid conditions in the rest of the venues like Kolkata, but they might need more time to rework the logistical issues.

This is a developing story. More details are awaited.

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