The forthcoming edition of the IPL will start from March 26 with a game between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium, and end on May 22 (Sunday). There will be 12 double-headers in the league this time.
Each team will be based in a separate hotel to ensure that the bio-secure environment is created and maintained at each of the hotels with “dedicated areas” for the teams. A green corridor will be created for the teams to ensure a “safe passage and smooth movement” of the 10 teams for matches and practice.
The teams are likely to start arriving in Mumbai around March 8, and after a three to five-day quarantine period, will start practicing from March 14 or 15th onwards. As part of the IPL’s bio-secure protocols, the participants who will be a part of the bubble — players, support staff, match officials, commentators, broadcast crew and other participants who are critical of the tournament will undergo strict quarantine for 3-5 days before entering their respective bubbles. In case a player/participant catches covid, separate arrangements will be made for that person in the hotel.
All the participants in the IPL will undergo a pre-travel RT-PCR test 48 hours before travelling to Mumbai. While in quarantine, they will undergo RT-PCR testing three times, first on Day 1, second on Day 3 and the final one on Day 5. In case of a three-day quarantine, they’ll get tested every day. If all three tests are negative, they will be permitted to exit quarantine and commence team activities.
Each team will play four matches at the Wankhede Stadium, three at CCI, four at DY Patil Stadium, and three at the MCA ground in Pune.
Overall, 20 matches will be played at the Wankhede and DY Patil Stadiums, while 15 each will be played at the Brabourne Stadium and the MCA Stadium in Pune.
On Wednesday, Aaditya Thackeray, who is the minister for tourism and environment in the state government, and Maharashtra guardian minister Eknath Shinde held a meeting with BCCI’s acting CEO Hemang Amin and key officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association regarding the arrangements for the tounament. The meeting was held at the Sahyadri Guest House in Malabar Hill.
Also present were MCA president Vijay Patil and Milind Narvekar, PA to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and also the chairman of the MCA’s T20 governing council, the city’s police and municipal corporation commissioners, and MCA’s Apex Council members.
“To ensure the smooth flow of the @IPL, Minister @mieknathshindeji and I conducted a joint meeting of IPL, @BCCI with officers of Police and Municipal Corporations of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai,” Thackeray tweeted later. In another couple of tweets, he wrote: “For Pune, the meeting will be held soon, proposed to be chaired by DCM sir to ensure that the tournament is successfully carried out in all our city venues.”
“IPL coming to Maharashtra ensures that the games aren’t played overseas. This is a huge boost for the country, as well as Maharashtra in terms of economy, morale and for the passion of cricket fans.”