The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly set to hold talks with the Maharashtra government for additional security in stadiums. The 2022 IPL is scheduled to be staged in the Western state with a 25 percent crowd allowed till April 15.
The BCCI’s concern stems from the security breach that took place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Four fans from the stands made their way to the ground to capture a selfie. Legal action was taken against the miscreants, out of which two were minor.
To make matters worse, the fans were found to be without masks. This makes it a serious offence as part of the health protocol set in place in the secure bio-bubble. A senior BCCI official told InsideSport:
“It was unfortunate but during Covid times, it is very important that we must avoid such pitch invasion. We will speak to the Maharashtra government and ask for additional security for the matches so that it doesn’t happen again. One such incident can jeopardise the entire tournament due to Covid,”
The upcoming 2022 IPL is scheduled to be staged across four venues. Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium, Wankhede Stadium and the MCA Stadium have been allotted 70 group stage matches.
The Health and Safety of the players remain the utmost priority for the BCCI
Ahead of the 15th edition of the IPL, the BCCI have released guidelines that impose strict punishments in the case of a bio-bubble breach by a franchise. Teams will be fined up to INR 1 crore depending on the degree of the offense. The BCCI source added:
“See, health and safety of players are of paramount importance especially when the tournament will be played in a bio-bubble. One small breach in bio-bubble can lead to an outbreak in camp. The fans will also need to understand that,”
The 2022 IPL will begin on March 26 with a rematch of the finals of the previous edition. Chennai Super Kings will face the Kolkata Knight Riders to kick start the tournament.
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