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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has reiterated that the activities of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will not have any effect despite the government’s latest orders to stop the spread of the Kovid-19 virus in the state. The MCA’s clarification came in the evening of the partial lockdown measures announced by the Maharashtra government on Sunday (April 4). “We have received a call from the city Municipal Commissioner,” Cricbuzz quoted an MCA official as saying. The union has been assured that the lockdown measures will not have any impact on the IPL matches. However, other cricket activities have to be stopped immediately.
The MCA official also confirmed that IPL teams can continue to practice normally. The MCA official said, any cricket activity which is part of the bio bubble will be allowed uninterruptedly.
After the cabinet meeting on Sunday afternoon, the Maharashtra government announced a complete lockdown during the weekend. Relevant measures announced include weekend curfew from 8 pm to 7 pm, weekend lockdown – 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday.
Mumbai is going to host 10 matches and some of them are on weekends, including the first match which is to be held between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
The Mumbai leg will be held from April 10 to 24 and will feature six teams – Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capital, Punjab Kings, Royals Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders – at the Wankhede Stadium.
The IPL starts in Chennai on Friday.