The Board of Control for Cricket in India is likely to reschedule Wednesday’s Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Delhi as CSK are to be in isolation after bowling coach L Balaji and a member of the travel support staff tested positive for Covid-19 , reported PTI.
The CSK franchise later confirmed the development in a statement.
As per BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure, anyone who has come in contact with an infected person has to undergo six days of hard quarantine and return three negative RT-PCR reports during the course of it.
All CSK playing members have tested negative during their scheduled RT-PCR tests, said PTI.
When CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan was contacted, he said that CSK had informed BCCI about Balaji’s RT-PCR result.
“From our end, we had informed that Mr Balaji has tested positive and as per SOP our players have been isolated,” Viswanathan told PTI.
Viswanathan was originally part of the three people to test positive in the tests conducted on Sunday but was cleared in the next round of tests on Monday.
This is the second IPL match to be rescheduled after Monday’s Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game was postponed after KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive.
Delhi is hosting Mumbai Indians vs SunRisers Hyderabad clash on Tuesday evening.
The match is on schedule for now but questions remain as Mumbai Indians had played against CSK as recently as Saturday and Balaji did come in contact of MI players during the match.
“Even MI players are at risk having played CSK. BCCI ideally should reschedule today’s game also. Normally symptoms start showing mostly on sixth or seventh day after you have come in contact of the infected person,” the BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Speculation is also rife about a possible shift to Mumbai for the remainder of the tournament but some logistical concerns are in the way.
With PTI Inputs