There is some good news for all the franchise who are currently staying in Mumbai to play the upcoming season of cash rich league as the Maharashtra government granted them permission to practice at Wankhede Stadium beyond 8 pm despite night curfew imposed in the state of Maharashtra due to rise in COVID-19 cases.
As currently in Maharashtra there is one-week lockdown starting from Friday to next Monday in order to curb the rate of coronavirus cases in the state.
The teams are also allowed to move back to their hotels after their practice as Wankhede stadium will be hosting 10 matches of IPL 2021 out of which 9 games will be played at 7.30 pm.
Fortunately, the Maharashtra government has granted permission to all four franchises which include Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals who are in the city to play their first few games of IPL 2021.
“Considering the match-timings, teams practicing at the CCI and MCA are scheduled to practice in 2 sessions — from 4 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm. Permission has been requested for teams and the IPL staff (to) be allowed to practice inside the grounds after 8 pm and they may be allowed free movement from the ground to their respective hotels after the said time. Accordingly, permission is being hereby accorded for the said request subject to scrupulous adherence to the bio-bubble,” wrote Srirang Gholap, Under Secretary of the Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation department, in a letter issued to the BCCI, according to India Today.
As IPL 2021 will start from April 9th, 2021 with the opening encounter clash that will take place between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.