Coronavirus hits IPL: KKR-RCB match postponed after two players test positive

Varun Chakravarthy (second from left) and Sandeep Warrier (fourth from left).

New Delhi – Sports Reporter:

In bad news for millions of cricket fans around the world, the coronavirus has finally impacted the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as two players of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) tested positive for the infection on Monday.

The development came hours before the much-awaited clash between the KKR and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which has been rescheduled.

The match was supposed to be played tonight but as per latest reports, has been rescheduled after mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seam bowler Sandeep Warrier have tested positive for Covid-19.

As per Indian media reports, it is believed that Chakravarthy contracted the virus when he left the bio-secure bubble to get his shoulder scanned recently. That is when the Indian cricketer may have gotten infected with the virus.

As per the team management’s report, except for Chakravarthy and Warrier, the other players of the KKR tested negative for the virus.

The franchise or the IPL is yet to issue a statement over the matter. This is the first incidence of players within the IPL bio-secure bubble testing positive for the virus since the 2021 season began a few months earlier.

The KKR are placed number seven on the IPL points table. The team last played on Thursday against the Delhi Capitals in Ahmedabad.

Three members from CSK’s contingent tests coronavirus positive

Three members of the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

As per report, the franchise’s bowling coach Laxmipati Balaji, chief executive officer K Viswanathan and a bus cleaner has tested positive for the pathogen.

The report further stated that Balaji was in the team dugout on Saturday during their match against Mumbai Indians.

It is believed that all three individuals will go through another round of testing on Monday to confirm the results of tests that took place on Sunday.

The news followed by an earlier development where the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after two players tested positive for Covid-19.

India is currently suffering from a deadly coronavirus surge as the country recorded more than 350,000 cases every day in the past week with more than 3,500 deaths recorded yesterday.

PSL 6 postponed after players test positive for coronavirus

The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was also postponed in March this year after a couple of players and officials tested positive for the virus in the bio-secure bubble.

Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect, a statement by the PCB had read.

It said that the decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on February 20.

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan had held a media conference at the National Stadium to discuss the tournament’s postponement.

He had said that PCB had to put the PSL on hold as they were not “effectively” able to enforce the standard operating procedures required for a bio secure bubble.

Wasim had assured fans that the PCB will be looking for “other windows” to hold the remaining matches of the PSL 6 at a later date.

“What’s taking place right now is that we are carefully and slowly exiting players from our environment so that we can safely get them out and they can start to travel wherever they need to travel,” explained Wasim.

“It’s firmly our belief that we will find a window and finish those [remaining] matches,” the PCB CEO had said.