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COVID-19: Mohammad Azharuddin offers BCCI to host IPL 2021 matches in Hyderabad


New Delhi: Former India skipper and Hyderabad Cricket Association president, Mohammad Azharuddin on Sunday provided the state physique’s services to BCCI to host the upcoming IPL matches in case the video games are shifted out of COVID-hit Mumbai.

The BCCI has determined to preserve Indore and Hyderabad as stand by venues for the upcoming IPL starting on April 9 following a large surge in COVID-19 instances in Mumbai, which is scheduled to host 10 video games. The transfer got here after 10 groundsmen of the Wankhede Stadium and some occasion managers had examined optimistic for the lethal virus.

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“In these difficult times there is all the more reasons for us to stand by each other. Hyderabad Cricket Association would like to offer its facilities to @BCCI to ensure that IPL2021 is conducted in safe and secure venues,” Azharuddin wrote on his Twitter deal with. 

Mumbai reported 9,108 new instances of coronavirus on Saturday and if issues spiral uncontrolled there may very well be a mini lockdown.

However, a senior BCCI office-bearer on Saturday exuded confidence of internet hosting the video games in Mumbai even when the state of affairs worsens.

“Look, even if there is a lockdown, the teams are in bio-bubble and also it’s a closed-door event. So we are still confident that IPL games in Mumbai will be held as per schedule with Delhi Capitals playing Chennai Super Kings on April 10 on the second day of the tournament,” he had mentioned.

“But Hyderabad and Indore are there on stand by in case the situation goes out of hand.”

As of now, not one of the groups at present in Mumbai — Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings — have entry to the Wankhede Stadium.

The first match on the Wankhede is scheduled to be held on April 10, with final yr’s finalists Delhi Capitals taking up three-time champions Chennai Super Kings.   



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