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IPL 2021 set to move to Mumbai with immediate effect after Covid-19 breached bio-bubbles

In the wake of Covid-19 cases at Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is discussing the possibility of moving the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to one venue, NDTV has learnt.

Mumbai might be that venue with the city having three stadiums to host matches. BCCI has already made calls to hotels in Mumbai for creating bio-bubbles for eight teams. This means that the Kolkata and Bangalore leg of the IPL may be scrapped. Two players at KKR, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday leading to IPL rescheduling the match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad on the same day.

Moreover, five ground staff at Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) tested positive for the virus and had to be isolated. However, DDCA president Rohan Jaitely insisted that those staff members who tested positive were not on duty. Delhi and Ahmedabad are the two venues hosting the IPL presently with matches scheduled at both venues until May 8.

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