In another setback to the IPL, the tally of players testing positive for COVID-19 went up to four with Royal Challenger’s Bangalore’s Daniel Sams joining the list. Earlier, Axar Patel of Delhi Capitals, RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal, and KKR’s Nitish Rana too had tested positive. Padikkal, however, has now tested negative and joined the camp.
More, the former India wicketkeeper and chief selector, tested positive on April 6. More has isolated himself in an appropriate facility in Chennai, where the team is based, and is asymptomatic. To ensure maximum safety for everyone around him, the team had cancelled its training session on April 6. Members of the squad, who were in contact with More before his positive test, all underwent tests and returned negative results.
A few members of the groundstaff at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium tested positive for Covid-19 in the first week of April. The Mumbai Cricket Association, though, has expressed confidence that the matches – a total of ten, between April 10 and 25 – would not need to be moved out because they are being played in a biosecure environment. The staff on-site, meanwhile, is being tested every two days. Two of those who tested positive have already returned negative results, according to reports. The entire staff has been housed in the Garware Pavilion clubhouse, which is part of the stadium. Those who tested positive have been sent into isolation, and are expected to return into the bubble only after testing negative.
Nitish Rana tested positive on April 3 after arriving in Mumbai, but has since recovered. Rana joined the Knight Riders camp on March 21 after returning a negative test. However, he tested positive on March 22. Rana’s reports came out negative on April 1 after he was in isolation in accordance with the IPL protocols.