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TNCA gets staff vaccinated ahead of IPL | Cricket News – Times of India



TNCA gets staff vaccinated ahead of IPL | Cricket News - Times of India


CHENNAI: It is not only Mumbai which is reporting an alarming surge in Covid cases in the second wave of the pandemic in the country. Chennai, the other venue which will host the first leg of IPL matches this season starting with the opener between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday, has been witnessing a spike in Covid cases over the last week.
With the city reporting 3645 new cases and 15 deaths on Tuesday and the active cases touching 25000, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) is not letting its guard down. The TNCA is host to three IPL teams already — Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad — while Kolkata Knight Riders are set to arrive on Friday.
The TNCA has already been pro-active enough to get all their staffs vaccinated. “Even before IPL venues and dates were announced, we got all our 80 staff members, including groundsmen, curators, and officials, vaccinated after getting the permission from the government and corporation. Even after getting vaccinated, we are ensuring they get tested every 10 days. We have also prepared a list of possible touchpoints. For example, vendors, private security personnel and cleaning staff coming from outside are not allowed entry if they their temperature is even a degree above normal. They need to get a negative Covid report before being allowed inside the stadium. We have installed 130 CCTV cameras and we are monitoring all parts of the stadium. Anyone found without a mask is being asked to leave the stadium premises,” a top TNCA official told TOI.
Despite the precautions, Mumbai Indians reported that their scout and wicket-keeping consultant Kiran More tested Covid positive. TNCA, which termed the incident unfortunate, said it has learnt from the experiences of hosting the first two Tests between India and England earlier this year.
“During the England series, we found out that the hotel in which players were staying had hosted a private wedding. This time, we didn’t take any chances. We have sealed all the team hotels to ensure no breach takes place. They have separate entrance and exit, food counters, lifts and lobby. At the stadium, we are disinfecting the players’ room, the sitting enclosure, the bathrooms and all the possible touchpoints as soon as a team leaves the stadium. If a case is reported despite these measures, it is unfortunate,” the official said.


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