The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been hit by a COVID-19 scare after two players of Kolkata Knight Riders tested positive during the mandatory testing round. The COVID-19 infections in India have hit a toll as the country is recording more than 3 lakh cases every day, along with thousands succumbing to the disease. Read more – Very proud to be a part of this team”, Jimmy Neesham expressed his gratitude
Despite that, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 got a go ahead from the government as it was keeping an ecosystem fresh and happy, though for a short while. However, the main source of relief of a part of Indian population got a major hit as the bio-bubble in which the players were living, was breached and all of a sudden, fans and other related to the sport were terrified. The foremost question in everyone’s mind was – How safe is the bio-bubble?
Soon, the BCCI released an official statement in the media, reveals all the updates about the recent COVID-19 scare in the KKR camp. Here’s how things panned out since yesterday:
May 4, 10:00 AM IST | BCCI likely to shift IPL to Mumbai: Reports
According to reports on various websites, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been planning to shift the remaining matches of IPL 2021 to Mumbai, a city which boasts more than three grounds to stage the tournament. Along with that, the city also has all the facilities to keep the players safe and healthy in a bio-secure bubble. Plus, the risk of catching COVID through travel will also be minimized if all the teams are based in one city.
According to a report in TOI, the IPL will be shifted to Mumbai from May 7 and the matches will be played in two stadiums – Wankhede Stadium and the DY Patil Stadium.
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After the IPL, players from both India and New Zealand squad will leave for England for the World Test Championship Final, which will be played from June 18 in Southampton. There were reports that both the teams are likely to leave for England in a chartered flight right after the conclusion of IPL 2021. Thus, it will be easy for both the team to leave from Mumbai.
May 3, 10:00 PM IST | Delhi Capitals squad asked to isolate
Varun Chakravarthy had rejoined the KKR bio-bubble before the clash against Delhi Capitals. He then played the match against Delhi Capitals and later tested positive. So, as a precautionary measure, the Delhi Capitals squad has been asked to isolate it’s members.
May 3, 7:00 PM IST | Two members from CSK squad also test positive
Hours after that, the premier T20 tournament witnessed another scare as two members of Chennai Super Kings squad, who are currently based in Delhi for the second leg of the tournament, tested positive. The two members included one from the support staff, who was in close contact with the players and the other one was their bus driver. To confirm the result wasn’t a false positive, the two underwent another test and in the evening, it was confirmed that the CSK contingent had two active positive cases.
As a result, the entire CSK squad has been put under hard quarantine and they are unlikely to step out for the next five days. Thus, the league stage fixture against Rajasthan Royals is all set to be postponed.
May 3, 12:00 PM IST | Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier test positive for COVID-19
IPL 2021 has been hit by devastating news as two players from the KKR squad have tested positive. The IPL official Twitter handle released a statement stating Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have been infected by COVID-19.
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It was revealed on Sports Today that Varun Chakravarthy had shoulder pain and thus he had to go for scans to a nearby hospital. However, he joined the squad without undergoing any quarantine after leaving the bubble. Along with him, Sandeep Warrier also returned a positive test and the whole KKR squad was put under hard quarantine. Following this, the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders was postponed until further notice.
KKR CEO Venky Mysore gave an update about Varun and Sandeep’s well being and he revealed that both the players are doing better and the remaining squad has returned negative results. “Difficult times, but I’m happy to report that both Varun and Sandeep are doing well. We have taken all the precautions that are necessary and have been advised by the medical teams of IPL and KKR and also getting appropriate advice from outside on what the right thing to do is,” Mysore said on Star Sports.
“Sandeep, in particular, is doing fine. No temperature, no other symptoms, and he is feeling good. Varun is still a little under the weather, but better than yesterday and both of them are in good spirits.”
He also said that they are targeting to play Royal Challengers Bangalore on 7th and then against Delhi Capitals on 8th, depending on the negative results of their entire squad.
“The target completion date of this five-day with this daily testing is May 6. We should be able to get the results sometime later in the day on May 6 which means that potentially we could even get out that evening for a practice subject to what the coaches want to do and then get ready for 7th and 8th depending on when the rescheduled games would potentially take place.”