Covid hits IPL 2021: RCB players were reluctant to go ahead with KKR game | Cricket News – Eagles Vine

Covid-19 has breached the Indian Premier League (IPL) bubble. On Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive, forcing the day’s tie against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Ahmedabad to be rescheduled.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner tested positive on Sunday. No CSK player has tested positive although five ground-staff members at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla, where the team is based, have done so. Balaji, it is learnt, was in the CSK dressing room during their last game.
TOI has also learnt that the tournament itself may be under a grave threat as most of the foreign players want to leave.

Team owners too are reluctant to travel to Kolkata and Bangalore, and the GPS tracking system has often collapsed. Commentator and former Australian player Michael Slater, meanwhile, exited the bio-bubble and went to the Maldives, from where he expects to be allowed to fly back to Australia, which has banned all flights from India.
KKR spinner Chakravarthy had to visit a hospital, through the approved green channel, for a scan and might have caught the virus there. Even though they immediately isolated themselves and the other members of the squad returned negative tests, KKR’s match against RCB was immediately rescheduled.

Understandably, RCB players were said to be reluctant to go ahead with the match. A fresh date will be announced later.
“Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. The medical team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. Meanwhile, KKR have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest,” an official statement from the IPL said.

“The medical team is also determining the close and casual contacts of the two positive cases during the 48 hours prior to collection of the sample that returned the positive test results.”

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