The Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday, has been postponed after two players tested positive for COVID-19.
In an official statement, the Cricket Control Board of India has confirmed that KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and fast pitcher Sandeep Warrier have tested positive in the third round of testing in the past four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19.
The two players isolated themselves from the rest of the team. The medical team is in constant contact with the duo and monitors their state of health. Meanwhile, KKR has now switched to a routine of daily testing to identify any other possible cases and treat them as soon as possible.
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The medical team is also in the process of determining close and casual contact of the two positive cases in the 48 hours before the sample was taken that returned the positive test results.
Speaking about the situation, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said kkr.in, “Tough times, but I’m happy to report that Varun and Sandeep are doing well.”
“We have taken all the necessary precautions and have been advised by the IPL and KKR medical teams and have also obtained appropriate outside advice on what to do. Sandeep, in particular, is doing well. No temperature, no other symptoms, and he feels good. Varun is still a bit under the weather, but better than yesterday and both are in a good mood. “
The team, including KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan, took a video call to take stock of how everyone was feeling at the camp.
While BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and board chairman Brijesh Patel were unavailable for comment, it is believed that a decision on the new date for the KKR-RCB match will be made on Monday evening after a virtual meeting. .
With KKR in quarantine, Gujarat Cricket Association officials have confirmed that the Punjab Kings and RCB will be training at Gujarat College Ground between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Delhi capitals were supposed to train under lights at Narendra Modi Stadium, however, it is learned that the team is isolated. BCCI have asked the Delhi Capitals to self-isolate after two KKR players tested positive. Both sides locked the horns on April 29.
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“As of yet, there has been no decision to suspend the tournament. We have increased testing and all players and stakeholders are being watched closely,” said a member of the board, adding that the tracing of contracts is underway and that the teams have also been asked to strictly follow the protocols. Franchise officials have also confirmed that they have yet to hear from the board regarding the postponement.
Sources in the Council also said there was no possible bubble breach by KKR players and Chakravarthy – who complained of abdominal pain a few days ago – was taken to hospital for scans and was accompanied by the KKR team doctor.
BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin wrote to the franchises with an attachment of the press release on KKR players who tested positive. “In light of recent developments that have occurred in the past 24 hours, please find a press release that is issued below. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide more details and updates,” wrote Amin.
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However, there were more developments later in the day with Chennai Super Kings L. Balaji support staff and logistics staff testing positive. Franchise CEO Kasi Viswanath returned a positive test, but subsequent antigen and RT-PCR tests were negative. He would have to undergo a third RT-PCR test to be doubly sure.
With Balaji – who was in the dugout until CSK’s last outing against the Mumbai Indians – having tested positive, the Chennai and Mumbai squad players may have to self-isolate, as per the guidelines of the IPL, which states that a “close contact” of an affected person must be isolated for six days and return three negative tests on days 1, 3 and 6. While CSK training sessions were canceled on Monday, the BCCI may be forced to postpone upcoming matches involving CSK and the Mumbai Indians in an effort to secure traced contact. A final decision is expected shortly.
According to the original schedule, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians will play at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Tuesday.
Reports have also revealed that a few field workers at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium have tested positive for the virus. However, Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) chief Rohan Jaitley has confirmed that he Sports star that “none of the field agents on duty” is among them.
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Eden Gardens in Kolkata is expected to host the next stop, starting May 9, and Bengal Cricket Association secretary Snehasish Ganguly said preparations are already underway. While most of the clearances have been obtained, the other few will be ready in a day or two. However, a lot will depend on how things go over the next few days. It has been learned that some of the teams are afraid to travel to new locations, and BCCI has told franchises that it will work on the details and get back to them.
BCCI sources said there is a good chance the rest of the tournament will be held in Mumbai. While an official decision is awaited, it is believed that the BCCI team has contacted various hotels in Mumbai to find out if it will be possible to create a bio-bubble. This means matches could also be moved out of Delhi and Ahmedabad, although associations and state franchises say they have not officially heard anything from BCCI.
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“Things seem under control in Mumbai and there is a strong opinion that the transfer of matches to Mumbai will also help in terms of logistics. So the city is definitely in contention,” said an insider from the Board, adding that efforts are in progress to obtain the necessary authorizations from the authorities.