Groundstaff have tested positive for coronavirus at the Wankhede Stadium just a week before the highly anticpated Indian Premier League fixture between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings.
Maharashtra has seen a hike in the COVID-19 cases and with the tournament just a week away, the IPL franchises have been taking all the needed precautions and hoping for the best. While speaking to ANI, an IPL franchise official said, “You do get a little concerned when you hear such things days before the start of the tournament. We have all been following protocols to the core, but obviously, when such a news comes in, it makes us a little wary. We are looking at keeping things as tight as possible. Have to be on our guard.”
“This could actually serve as a wake-up call before the start of the tournament. Sometimes we tend to get a little comfortable after going inside the bubble. But this will ensure we follow every protocol and there is no messing up,” one more franchise official said.
Wankhede will be hosting 10 IPL games from April 10 -25. The first match will be played between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings at the venue.
Maharashtra recorded 47,827 new COVID-19 cases on Friday with 202 deaths. Mumbai has reported the highest-ever single day new cases of 8,832.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana tested negative for coronavirus after receiving a positive result on March 22. Rana isolated himself after a positive result, he took a COVID-19 test on Thursday and the southpaw tested negative. The youngster will start his training ahead of their fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 11.