Wankhede groundstaff test negative for Covid-19

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), despite the city witnessing a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, on Monday breathed a sigh of relief after 15 members of the groundstaff at the Wankhede Stadium tested negative for Covid-19.

They have been put in the Wankhede Stadium bubble while the two persons who had tested positive last week have been placed under home quarantine, a source in the MCA told IANS on Monday.

“The two members of the groundstaff who had tested positive last week have been placed under home quarantine. The reports of the other 15 staff at the Wankhede Stadium have, however, returned negative. We are yet to receive a copy of the final report though. Those 15 members of the groundstaff will stay at the Wankhede Stadium only,” an official of the Mumbai Cricket Association confirmed with IANS.

While practice is on at the other stadia like the BKC in Bandra and the MCA Stadium in Kandivali, all the Indian Premier League matches will be played at the Wankhede Stadium.

The official had earlier told IANS that the association has 40 groundstaff.

“There are no problems in the other two venues where the teams are practicing. Other than Axar Patel and the two members of the groundstaff who had tested positive, there have been no problems,” added the official.

The Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, which has also seen some pre-tournament practice sessions, however, does not come under the purview of MCA.

Mumbai has seen a spike in the number of Covid cases with Sunday alone seeing over 11,000 cases. The entire country reported over 1 lakh cases on Sunday.

The previous edition of IPL in 2020 had to be conducted in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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