IPL 2021: 2 more groundstaff, one plumber test positive for Covid-19 at Wankhede Stadium ahead of new season

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Days before the start of the IPL 2021, two ground staff members and one plumber have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

A file photo of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai (Courtesy of BCCI)

A file photo of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2 more ground staff, one plumber test positive for Covid-19 at Wankhede
  • Earlier, 10 ground staff members had tested positive for Covid at Wankhede
  • Wankhede Stadium is set to host 10 IPL games this season from April 10-25

Days before the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai is to host the first match of IPL 2021, 2 more members of the ground staff and a plumber who worked at the facility have tested positive for Covid-19.

'Three at the stadium have tested positive, two are groundsmen,' a Mumbai Cricket Association source was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The first match at the Wankhede Stadium will be played between MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings and last year’s finalists Delhi Capitals on April 10. Notably, the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host 10 matches in the first leg of the Indian Premier League.

Earlier last Saturday, 10 ground-staff members of the stadium had tested positive, but most of them have since recovered.

On Monday, the Maharashtra government cleared the decks for the event in Mumbai despite the weekend lockdown provisions and night curfew in the city.

The government allowed teams to practice and travel from their respective hotels to the stadium after 8pm, when the night curfew would be on to curb the pandemic.

RCB's Devdutt Padikkal, Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel and KKR's Nitish Rana are the three players to have tested positive for Covid-19. However, Rana has now recovered, and he has also started training along with the KKR squad.

On Sunday, the Maharashtra government announced a weekend lockdown from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am to curb the spread of Covid-19, but BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that the IPL would go ahead as per the schedule and there would be no changes. (Inputs from PTI)