In a major boost to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Maharashtra government has allowed the teams to train in Mumbai beyond 8pm, clearing the decks for the city to host the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) fixtures despite the state imposing stricter restrictions till April 30 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

In a letter addressed to Hemang Amin – the interim CEO of the BCCI – the Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra, on Monday, has given permission to host the 10 matches and the practice sessions “subject to scrupulous adherence to the bio-bubble.”

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Signed by under secretary, Shrirang Gholap, the letter – a copy of which is in possession of Sportstar – stated: “It has been stated by you in the letter that 10 matches of the IPL are due to be played at the…

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