IPL to be hosted despite surging pandemic

Foreign Media (DM) | Published: 1:33 PM Apr 8 2021
World IPL to be hosted despite surging pandemic

The richest and most glamorous tournament in world cricket is on schedule in India even as the country battles a deadly second wave of COVID-19.

Beginning on Friday, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have eight teams playing 52 games at 6 venues behind closed doors across the country. The final will be played on 30 May.

The matches will be held in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Most of these cities are seeing a sharp uptick in infections and hospitalisations.

More than 165,000 people have died with COVID-19 in India, and there have been 12.5 million confirmed infections.

The country has been averaging more than 90,000 daily cases in April in a second wave largely attributed to laxity in public safety protocols.

A senior official of the Indian cricket board has said he is confident the 14th edition of the IPL will go ahead "without any problem".

Rajiv Shukla, vice-president of the board, told ANI news agency that secure bio-bubbles had been created for the players and other people associated with the tournament and that they were getting tested for the virus.

"Keeping in mind all the precautions, the tournament will go ahead without any problems," Mr Shukla said.

Foreign Media (DM) | Published: 1:33 PM Apr 8 2021

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