IPL 2021 – Officials back Covid-19 bubble

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India’s capital city, affected in a major way by the pandemic, will host matches from next week

There is no plan to shift the IPL 2021 matches scheduled for Delhi, despite that city being one of the worst affected by the current Covid-19 wave. The city recorded more than 300 deaths and 26,000 new cases on April 22, and currently faces an acute shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.

Four IPL teams – defending champions Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Super Kings, the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals – are scheduled to play eight matches there from April 28 to May 8. It is understood that Mumbai would be the first team to land in Delhi, on April 24, followed by the other three teams, who are scheduled to reach by April 26.

The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), which in charge of the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, is putting its faith in the bio-secure bubble created for the IPL. “It is on schedule,” DDCA president Rohan Jaitley told ESPNcricinfo on Friday. “The bubble is absolutely intact. If I am not part of the bubble, I can’t meet anybody [inside it]. It is absolutely safe.”