IPL Trophy during day one of the TATA Indian Premier League Player Auction held at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bengaluru on the 12th February 2022. Photo by Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for IPL

Mumbai: The upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) can be held behind closed doors without spectators. The tournament is scheduled to start from March 26 and currently the stadiums for the league phase to be held in Mumbai and Pune are allowed to have 25 per cent capacity of spectators.

Once again due to increasing cases of Covid-19, this permission can be withdrawn in the next seven days. The first match of IPL will be played between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 26 March. But, before this, the central government has warned the Maharashtra government about getting new Covid-19 variants in the state.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, ‘We have received a letter from the central government to be alert as the cases of Covid-19 have increased again in European countries, South Korea and China. Preparations have been made to conduct the upcoming season of IPL completely in bio-bubble.

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