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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to relocate the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to Mumbai after two players tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp. They are also thinking to continue the event from May 7. As a result, the Bangalore and Kolkata legs of the IPL may be scrapped.
Mumbai can host IPL 2021 matches in three stadiums - Wankhede, DY Patil and Brabourne. While the Wankhede Stadium hosted ten matches during the first half of IPL 2021, the other two venues were used for training purposes.
KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were tested positive for COVID-19 and the match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad was reschedueled.
After that, three members of the Chennai Super Kings franchise have tested positive for Covid-19. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner have reportedly returned positive results.
"Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19.
"Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest," IPL said in a statement.