IPL 2021: Preparations Hit Roadblock, Eight Groundsmen at Wankhede Test Positive for Covid-19
The IPL 2021 preparations have hit a new roadblock at the Wankhede Stadium as eight of the 19 groundsmen have tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, according to a report in Hindustan Times. The IPL is set to begin on April 9 in Chennai, and the Mumbai leg is supposed to start from April 10 to 25, with the first match between CSK and DC. A total of 10 matches are supposed to be played at the venue.
In total, six bio-bubbles are being prepared for the venue, and Mumbai is one of them. Though the tournament is supposed to be played behind closed doors, the groundsmen testing positive is just another sign of the Covid wave in Maharashtra.
The biggest challenge in Mumbai is that most of the groundsmen don’t stay at the ground and have to commute daily by train. The MCA is now planning to house the staff at the venue itself.
“We will make arrangement for the ground staff at the stadium itself with immediate effect. We have many rooms at the ground where they can be housed,” said an MCA official. “There will be no threat to IPL matches at the Wankhede. We will be ready by the time the tournament starts,” he added.
Meanwhile, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been hospitalised ‘as a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice’ one week after he was tested positive for Covid-19.
Tendulkar took to Twitter to reveal the news and hoped he will be back home in a few days. Wishing his teammates and the fans on India’s 10th anniversary of the 2011 World Cup win, Tendulkar wrote, ” Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone. Wishing all Indians & my teammates on the 10th anniversary of our World Cup win.”