There are health concerns in the KKR camp © IPL
The Indian Premier League (IPL) may have plunged into a crisis with players in Kolkata Knight Riders testing positive for COVID-19. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Monday’s (May 3) game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has now been postponed after KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for COVID-19.
Chakravarthy was taken to hospital for an abdominal issue. Later, when Warrier tested positive (the contact-tracing could lead on to Chakravarthy), and therefore the entire KKR camp went into immediate quarantine in their Ahmedabad hotel.
“All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19,” said a press release from BCCI.
Both the players and therefore the support staff are set to remain in isolation for a period of seven days to finish the bio-secure protocols before they will revisit onto the sector . The members are staying inside their rooms and food is being delivered outside. Besides, BCCI confirmed in their statement that the KKR group has been moved to a daily testing routine with immediate effect “to identify the other possible cases and treat them at the earliest”.
After a communication had gone from the BCCI office to Ahmedabad, the venue of the Monday’s game, and native organisers Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) were told that the sport are going to be rescheduled. a replacement date for what was thanks to be Game 30 of the season is yet to be announced though, the GCA members are told.
However, this development could lead on to more re-jigging of the schedule. With KKR set to play another game on May 8 (vs Delhi Capitals in Ahemdabad), it’s likely that this game too are going to be rescheduled.
The Virat Kohli-led Royals Challengers Bangalore are sitting on the third place with 10 points from seven games while Kolkata Knight Riders are on the seventh position with two wins from as many games.