There is a possible Covid-19 scare in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), which resumed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on September 19. The Delhi Capitals (DC) will take on the bottom-lying Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in match 33 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 edition on Wednesday. But now the match has postponed due to Natarajan tests positive for Covid.
The Covid crisis might come back to haunt the Indian Premier League (IPL) as news has emerged Sunrisers Hyderabad player T Natarajan on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19 at a scheduled RT-PCR test. However other players has isolated himself from the rest of the squad. He is currently asymptomatic.
According to a BCCI release, the fast bowler, who is a symptomatic and six close contacts
1. Vijay Shankar – Player
2. Vijay Kumar – Team Manager
3. Shyam Sundar J – Physiotherapist
4. Anjana Vannan – Doctor
5. Tushar Khedkar – Logistics Manager
6. Periyasamy Ganesan – Net Bowler
NEWS – Sunrisers Hyderabad player tests positive; six close contacts isolated.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 22, 2021
– Ipl Twitter Account
The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5AM local time this morning and the test reports are negative. As a result, tonight’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will go ahead at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.
The news comes as a shocker after strict measures were taken by the organizers to prevent any COVID-19 cases. The cricketers were in a bio-bubble, while the hosts decided to allow some crowds.
Eventually earlier in May, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had suspended IPL 2021 due to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases inside IPL’s bio-bubble. However after a lot of discussions, the board decided to shift the remaining matches to UAE due to the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in India.
The news comes close on the heels of Team India’s withdrawal from the England tour. Eventually the fifth Test between England and India was called off as the tourist was unable to field a team due to fears of an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in its camp.