According to sources and media reports, the BCCI has decided that all teams will be tested daily henceforth in order to detect the infection as early as possible.
In a setback to what otherwise was turning out to be a relatively COVID-19 free Indian Premier League (IPL), 2 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players, Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier, 3 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) staff members and 2 Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) staff members tested positive for the virus. All positive patients have been isolated.
This comes amid severe criticism that the cash-rich league has been facing ever since the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country. Although the calls for cancellation grew and more so now, the BCCI remains tight-lipped about the same.
According to sources and media reports, the BCCI has decided that all IPL teams will be tested daily henceforth in order to detect the infection as early as possible. The possible source of infection for KKR player Chakraborty could be when he went out of the bio-bubble for an injury scan to a hospital, didn’t quarantine on return, and straightaway played a match the next day.
The cricket body meanwhile has postponed KKR’s match today against RCB in Ahmedabad but interestingly is likely to go ahead with the remaining matches to be played at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.
India reported 3,68,147 cases and 3417 deaths in the last 24 hours.