The 14th edition of the IPL is only under a week away but there have been serious doubts over it’s scheduling after the surge in covid-19 cases in Mumbai. Recently, Delhi Capitals’ all-rounder, Axar Patel tested positive for the deadly virus. Axar joined his team in Mumbai on March 28 with a negative report, but tested positive during his second test. The franchise made a statement announcing the all-rounder was placed in medical care.
“Axar Patel had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on March 28, 2021, with a negative report. His report from the second COVID test, came positive. He is currently in isolation at a designated medical care facility. The Delhi Capitals medical team is in constant touch with Axar and ensuring his safety and well-being. We wish him a speedy recovery,” the Delhi franchise said in a statement.
In another massive blow to the tournament, a member of the CSK content team has tested positive for the virus. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed the latest development to Cricbuzz and stated that the member was put under isolation. He also confirmed that the individual was on a different floor and did have any sort of contact with the support staff.
It has been reported that BCCI have kept Indore and Hyderabad as two back-ups in case the matter gets out of hand in Mumbai. The first match of the IPL 2021 season will be played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
The franchises have still not been informed of an alternative plan amidst the coronavirus crisis. “We have not heard anything from the BCCI about any change in plans. We are regularly speaking to the Board officials. With less than a week left, it is now a situation from there can be no going back. It is difficult to shift to a new city, manage so many sanitized hotel rooms and restart all over,” said an official of a franchise.