If the number of COVID cases in the country does not rise, bio-bubbles may not be necessary in the IPL

The current IPL season is being staged over four venues in two cities in Maharashtra, Mumbai, and Pune. Normally, the premier event is held in several locations across the country, but due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 variation Omicron, the organizers were forced to take a stand and apply a slew of restrictions, including rigorous bio-bubbles.

Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has reportedly stated that the bio-bubble can be removed from the equation if India continues to record a low number of coronavirus cases. Fans are currently permitted to enter stadiums to watch games.

Since the 2020 season, the Indian Premier League has been held behind closed doors. While that year’s cash-rich event was entirely staged in the UAE, the 2021 edition was initially held in India before being briefly postponed for four months due to an increase in COVID cases in five different camps before being rescheduled in the Middle East in September-October.

The season has been extended to almost two months due to the addition of two new franchises, Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans, and the number of matches has been increased to 74. (70 league and four knockouts). As a result, the bio-bubble could be quite exhausting for the competitors, given that the tournament lasts about two months.