New Zealand wicket keeper and drummer Tim Seifert, who represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the postponed 2021 edition of the IPL, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be on the return charter flight with others players and support staff.
He will remain rather isolated in Ahmedabad before returning to Chennai, where he will be treated in a private hospital. Seifert failed both of his pre-departure RT-PCR tests and “is showing moderate symptoms.”
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White said Seifert returned seven negative tests within 10 days of his pre-departure protocols and was confident he would receive the best care in his franchise .
“It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything we can for him from that end, and hopefully he’ll be able to test negative, and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he does.” he will be healed again.
“Since receiving the news we have organized support for Tim and have also, through the players’ association, been in contact with his family to ensure that they are fully informed and informed of developments,” said White in a statement.
Once Seifert has served the legal period of isolation and tested negative for COVID-19, he will be returned to New Zealand where he will serve the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation.
One of the two charter flights carrying the New Zealand IPL contingent home has already left India, and the other will depart this evening (New Zealand time) after being delayed for logistical reasons.
All those participating in the flights have followed and will adhere to prescribed pre-departure and in-flight protocols, including COVID-19 testing, social distancing, mask wear and best hygiene practices, and will be re-assessed at arrival in Auckland.
Seifert is currently awaiting his transfer to Chennai, where he will be treated at the same private hospital where former Aussie player Michael Hussey has been staying since testing positive for the virus earlier in the week.
White said he was grateful to the BCCI and IPL franchises for arranging charter flights and medical assistance.
Changes have also been made to the arrangements for the testing quota to the UK from New Zealand, with Kane
Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson and physio Tommy Simsek, traveling to the Maldives (rather than staying in New Delhi) before leaving for England.
New Zealand coach Chris Donaldson, who initially signaled his intention to return home on one of the charter flights to New Zealand before returning to England, instead opted to stay with the players bound for the United Kingdom and is also located in the Maldives.
The decision to move this group to the Maldives came after being informed that their entry into the UK, initially scheduled for May 11, would likely be delayed for another week.