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Ground staff, curators to be housed at KSCA | Cricket News

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BENGALURU: With a little over four weeks left for the Bengaluru leg of the Indian Premier League to commence, the Karnataka State Cricket Association has begun preparations to ensure that the 10 matches it hosts are held without hitches. Barring the home team – Royal Challengers Bangalore – and Delhi Capitals, the remaining six teams will be seen in action here from May 9-22.
The primary concern at all hosting venues are ground staff, especially after a number of them returned Covid-19 positive tests in Mumbai. At KSCA, the concerns are no different. The association has put together rigorous measures for the tournament’s two-week stopover in the city.
To begin with, about 18-20 ground staff will move to the dormitory at the M Chinnaswamy stadium around April 25. The curators are likely to be housed in the lodging facility at the sports centre.
Outlining the association’s plans, Santosh Menon, secretary, KSCA said, “We will ensure that the environment is as secure as possible. But we have to understand that the ground staff cannot be restricted to their rooms. The nature of their work is such that they will have to work outside, albeit within the stadium premises. Apart from the main pitches, they will also have to work on the practice pitches at the ‘B’ ground, especially once the teams arrive in Bengaluru. Also, they cannot go back to the rooms each time for food and refreshments. We will have to work around the circumstances to ensure maximum safety.”
On Covid tests for the staff, Menon explained: “All the staff involved will be tested and will enter the secure environment only with a negative report. Once they are housed within the stadium premises, they will be tested periodically as per the BCCI protocols. We will also brief them on the do’s and don’ts during the period of the tournament. Our staff have been working through testing times over the past year and they are well-prepared for the challenges ahead.”

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