The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to shift Wednesday’s Indian Premier League fixture between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings to Mumbai, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak in the Delhi camp.
According to the original schedule, the match was scheduled to be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, but keeping the current scenario in mind, the BCCI wants to avoid travel.
Insiders in the BCCI have confirmed to Sportstar that after deliberation with the franchises and other stakeholders, it has been decided that it would be a wise move to host the game in Mumbai. Even though the associations have been “asked to be ready”, the Board is yet to make a formal announcement on the venue.
On Monday, Delhi Capitals’ overseas player Mitchell Marsh was admitted to the hospital after his second RT-PCR test returned positive. A few other members of the franchise – including physio Patrick Farhart, masseur and the team doctor – are also in isolation after testing positive for the virus.
Capitals’ original plan of travelling to Pune was also cancelled and the entire unit was in isolation and regular testing was done.
While there were speculations that the teams might travel to Pune on Tuesday, the BCCI and franchises decided to avoid any travel. “We don’t want to take any risk. The safety of the players is paramount and we will take all the measures to ensure that everything goes on smoothly,” a source said.
Delhi is scheduled to play its next few matches in Pune, but in the current situation, chances are high that the team may end up playing the games in Mumbai. However, that will depend on how things pan out over the next couple of days.