Indian Premier League 2021 matches in Mumbai will go ahead as planned despite the rising cases of COVID-19 in the city, cabinet minister Nawab Malik confirmed on Monday. 10 matches will be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai during the first leg of IPL 2021.
Fans won't be allowed inside the stadium and only relays can be done, the minister added. Players and others involved in the tournament will be required to isolate themselves at the same place.
Notably, IPL had to be shifted abroad to the United Arab Emirates last year due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown in India in March. The tournament was played across 3 cities - Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi - without fans in a bio-secure environment.
The Maharashtra government announced new restrictions, including a weekend lockdown and a night curfew in the state. The new set of strict guidelines will come into effect from 8 pm on Monday and are likely to be in place till April 30.
Night curfew will be imposed in the state from 8 pm to 7 am from Monday. The state will also go for a complete weekend lockdown from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday. Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 will be in force throughout the day.
All shops, except those providing essential services, will remain closed in Mumbai and across other cities in the state.
The decision to shut shops in Mumbai comes on a day the city recorded 11,163 new Covid-19 cases and 25 more fatalities due to the infection.
Maharashtra reported 57,074 new Covid-19 cases and 222 deaths on Sunday. The state also reported 222 Covid-19 deaths and the case fatality rate stood at 1.86 per cent.
Here are the fixtures for the matches that will be played at the Wankhede stadium.
April 10 - Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals at 7:30 pm
April 12 - Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings at 7:30 pm
April 15 - Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals at 7:30 pm
April 16 - Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings at 7:30 pm
April 18 - Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings at 7:30 pm
April 19 - Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals at 7:30 pm
April 21 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings at 7:30 pm
April 22 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals at 7:30 pm
April 24 - Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders at 7:30 pm
April 25 - Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at 7:30 pm.