Maharashtra Government Announced 15-Day Curfew But IPL 2021 Won't Be Affected
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Maharashtra Government Announced 15-Day Curfew But IPL 2021 Won’t Be Affected

Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a statewide curfew starting April 14 till May 1 to curb the spread of Covid-19, but it won’t affect the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the Wankhede Stadium.

However, the curfew will not have an effect on the Indian Premier League matches at the Wankhede Stadium. The 14th edition of the cash-rich league started on April 9. Mumbai is one of the six cities that has been slated to host the IPL 2021. Mumbai and Chennai are currently two bases where the IPL matches are going on.

Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals play a shot during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals held at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 10th April 2021.
Shikhar Dhawan. Photo by Arjun Singh/ Sportzpics for IPL

Maharashtra Government Announced Statewide Curfew But IPL Won’t Be Affected

Sources in the know of developments in the IPL organizing committee confirmed that the matches at the Wankhede Stadium would indeed be held as per the schedule.

“No effect on Mumbai matches as we have special permission, everything will go ahead as planned and we will take all necessary precautions,” the source told ANI.

Wankhede is slated to host 10 IPL games this season, out of which two have been played. There are eight games remaining in the Mumbai leg. Mumbai will be next hosting the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals on Thursday and then on Friday, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with each other.

In the 1st match at Mumbai, Delhi Capitals (DC) started their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign with a 7-wicket victory against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw’s entertaining knocks at the top helped DC chase down a challenging total with ease.

Chasing a challenging target of 189, DC needed an aggressive start from their openers and the opening duo ensured that.

Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during the match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)

In the 2nd match at Mumbai, Punjab Kings (PBKS) overcame a spirited Rajasthan Royals (RR) challenge, led by  Sanju Samson, and emerged victorious in a high-scoring thriller in Match 4 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium.

PBKS skipper KL Rahul led from the front, with a defining knock of 91 before Arshdeep Singh defended 13 runs in the last over, helping the side seal a 4-run win as Sanju Samson’s 119 went in vain.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Announced Statewide Curfew From April 14 To May 1 In View Of COVID-19 New Wave Strain

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a statewide curfew starting 8 PM on April 14 till 7 AM, May 1 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We are imposing strict restrictions which will come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as lockdown,” said Thackeray while addressing the state of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (ANI Photo)

“Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel/restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed,” he added.

Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes will also remain closed, announced the Maharashtra CM.