The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been attacked by the Coronavirus on Monday and today's match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been rescheduled for a later date.
"Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19," the IPL said in an official statement. The two have been kept in isolation, but today's match has been postponed until further notice due to a sudden crisis in KKR's bio bubble.
KKR's next match will be against Delhi Capitals on May 8 which is also likely to be postponed.
Two of the three members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent who were thought to have contracted COVID-19, have tested positive as per the latest test reports that have come in on Monday evening. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Vishwanathan, bowling coach Lakshmipati Balaji and Bus Cleaner have tested covid positive.
IPL matches are being played at the Delhi District Cricket Association's Kotla ground and reports of five groundsmen working at the stadium have also come positive. Concerns are now being raised as to whether this will cancel the IPL tournament. However, senior BCCI officials said that all the matches would be held as per the schedule till further notice.
Senior journalist Meha Bhardwaj tweeted, "Just spoke to a BCCI official , he says no other match has to be rescheduled as of now. Also said that if the players are being tested daily there is no need for isolation for the players who may have come in contact with a positive person. #IPL2021 #KKRvRCB #CovidIndia"
Just spoke to a BCCI official , he says no other match has to be rescheduled as of now. Also said that if the players are being tested daily there is no need for isolation for the players who may have come in contact with a positive person. #IPL2021#KKRvRCB#CovidIndia— Meha Bhardwaj (@Bhardwajmeha) May 3, 2021