COVID-19 outbreak left IPL sprinkled with stars on hot coals as Varun Chakravarthy and Kolkata Knight Riders Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the dreaded virus, forcing the postponement of their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, while cases have also emerged in the Chennai Super Kings camp.
“We have offered our support to the players and made ourselves available to them in case of any problem,” said Cricket SA manager of Cricket Graeme Smith as quoted by iol.co.za.
“Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a choice (as to their continued participation).”
No less than 11 South African players, including the white ball skipper Quinton de Kock, stimulator Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis, currently participating in the IPL for various teams.
If there are no Proteas players in KKR, du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir | play for Chennai, whose bowling coach L Balaji and a bus driver have tested positive.
Many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have banned flights from India, but South Africa has always kept its borders open, with travelers having to submit a negative test report within 72 hours after their trip.