IPL 2021: Maharashtra government allows teams to train at Wankhede beyond 8 pm despite night curfew in Mumbai

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Indian Premier League 2021: In a big boost to the T20 tournament, the Maharashtra government on Monday allowed teams to train beyond 8 pm and travel to their hotel rooms despite the night curfew imposed in Mumbai in the wake of the rise in Covid-19 cases.

 Teams get Maharashtra government's nod to train beyond 8 pm in Mumbai (AFP Photo)

IPL 2021: Teams get Maharashtra government's nod to train beyond 8 pm in Mumbai (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IPL teams will be allowed to train and travel to team hotels beyond 8 pm
  • CSK, DC, PBKS and RR will be playing in Mumbai in the frst week of IPL 2021
  • Mumbai will host as many as 10 IPL 2021 matches

The Maharashtra government on Monday gave the green signal for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 matches in Mumbai despite the rise in Covid-19 cases, allowing the teams to practice beyond 8 pm at the Wankhede Stadium. The state government also allowed teams to travel to their respective team hotels from the stadiums despite the night curfew that has been imposed to contain the pandemic.

Due to the massive surge of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai and Maharashtra, the state government on Sunday announced 'Break the Chain', under which section 144 and night-curfew from 8 pm to 7 am on weekdays has been imposed on entire Maharashtra, including Mumbai. The guidelines are set to be imposed from Monday evening.

However, the Maharashtra government has allowed certain concessions to IPL teams in Mumbai, provided they strictly adhere to bio-bubble and social-distancing protocols. IPL 2021 will get underway from April 9 in Chennai. As many as 4 teams, including Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals, will be playing their matches in the first two weeks in Mumbai.

"Considering the match-timings, teams practising at the CCI and MCA are scheduled to practice in 2 sessions -- from 4 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm," wrote Srirang Gholap, Under Secretary of the Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation department, in a letter issued to the BCCI.

"...permission has been requested for teams and the IPL staff (to) be allowed to practice inside the grounds after 8 pm and they may be allowed free movement from the ground to their respective hotels after the said time. Accordingly, permission is being hereby accorded for the said request subject to scrupulous adherence to the bio-bubble," stated the letter, a copy of which is in possession of the Press Trust of India.

Mumbai is scheduled to host 10 matches of the IPL at the Wankhede Stadium and nine of them are scheduled to start at 7.30pm. The first game at the Wankhede is due on April 10 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.

The city recorded more than 11,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday.