COVID-19-Hit IPL 2021: Players, Support Staff Who Tested Contracted The Virus

Like IPL 2020 in UAE, 2021 has had its own share of problems – if not more. Last year, IPL had to be shifted to UAE amid the COVID-19 crisis, in 2021 – BCCI decided to go ahead with the tournament in its home – India. When the decision was taken – the pandemic seemed to be on its last lap – but all of us got it wrong. Also Read – American Adults to be Eligible For Coronavirus Vaccine, Biden to Announce Today

Since March, there has been a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in India and experts are calling it the Second Wave. Despite health concerns, BCCI and MCA have assured that IPL will go ahead as per schedule. That means the season opener will take place on April 9 as planned. Also Read – SA vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Captain, Vice-captain, Probable XIs For Today’s ODI Match at The SuperSport Park, Centurion 1:30 PM IST April 7 Wednesday

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But, BCCI has once again hit a stumbling block as players, support staff members and groundsmen are contracting the virus. Also Read – Maharashtra Sees Coronavirus Spike of 55,469 Cases, 297 Deaths; Pune, Mumbai Remain Worst-hit Districts

Here is a list of individuals who have tested positive and are related to the upcoming cash-rich league:

Cricketers: Thus far, three cricketers – DC’s Axar Patel, KKR’s Nitish Rana and RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal – have tested positive and have been quarantined. Reports suggest that Rana has already joined his team in their bubble, while the other two are in quarantine awaiting their next set of tests.

Wankhede Groundsmen: The iconic stadium is set to host nine matches this season and the organisers are already in trouble as 10 groundsmen who work at the ground have contracted the novel virus. They have been quarantined and the authorities maintain that the stadium is safe for the players.

IPL Broadcast Crew: Outlook reported that 14 members of the broadcast team have tested positive for Coronavirus. And a member of the Chennai Super Kings content team also picked contracted the deadly virus.

Mumbai Indians’ Scout Kiran More: Former BCCI selector, who is associated with the defending champions, was not spared as well. Kiran More contracted the virus and the news came to light after the MI team issued a statement regarding the same.

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