KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert tested Covid positive in his two pre-departure tests and as a result will not be allowed to board the charter flight from India to New Zealand.
KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert (Courtesy- KKR)
- KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert has tested positive for Covid-19
- Seifert will not be able to board repatriation flight from India to New Zealand
- Seifert is experiencing moderate symptoms and has been taken in quarantine now
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert will not be able to board the repatriation flight from India to New Zealand on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19. The wicketkeeper-batsman failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and will now be quarantining in India.
“BLACKCAPS batsman Tim Seifert has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be travelling back to New Zealand on the charter flight with New Zealand’s other Indian Premier League players, support staff and commentators.
“Seifert, who represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and as a result will be taken into quarantine. Immediate advice is that he is experiencing moderate symptoms.
“One of the two charter flights transporting New Zealand’s IPL contingent back home has already departed India, and the other will leave this evening (NZ time) after being delayed for logistical reasons,” a statement from New Zealnd Cricket said.
NZC chief executive David White said that Seifert had returned 7 negative tests in the last 10 days and and was confident he would be receiving the best of care from his franchise.
The 26-year-old will be transferred to Chennai where he will be treated in the same private hospital in which former Australia player Michael Hussey has been staying since testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
“It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything for him that we can from this end, and hopefully he will be able to test negative, and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he’s well again.
“Since receiving the news, we’ve organised support for Tim and have also via the players association, been in contact with his family to ensure they’re kept fully informed and updated on developments.”
IPL 2021, which saw 29 league matches being played till Sunday, was suspended after two more players tested positive in the bio-bubble. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive first as the 30th match between their team and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday was rescheduled.
On Tuesday, hours before the clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Mumbai Indians (MI), Wriddhiman Saha (from SRH) tested positive for the virus. It was also learnt that veteran Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner has returned a positive result in Ahmedabad.
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