The Covid-19 virus has breached the Indian Premier League bubble in the UAE. As Sunrisers Hyderabad were preparing to take on Delhi Capitas, pacer T Narajan was found Covid-19 positive. Uncertainty prevailed about the match on Wednesday, which could only go ahead after the other SRH players and staff were reported negative.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s T Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19 at a scheduled RT-PCR test. The player has isolated himself from the rest of the squad. He is currently asymptomatic.
The entire SRH entourage had to take mandatory RT-PCR test after Natarajan’s positive report. Even as no other player or staff was found carrying the infection, six SRH squad members have also been placed in isolation.
The medical team has identified Vijay Shankar (Player), Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), .hyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager), and Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler) as close contacts of Natarajan. They have all been placed in isolation:
The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5AM local time this morning and the test reports were negative. As the result confirmed that there was no threat to Wednesday’s match at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.
Delhi Capitals later registered an impressive eight wicket win and jumped atop the IPL 2021 points table, disabling Chennai Super Kings from the number one position. Placed at the bottom of the IPL points table with only one win so far, the SRH have effectively crashed out for the IPL 2021 title race.
Earlier this month, the fifth and final Test between India and England was abandoned after chief coach Ravi Shastri and three other members of support Test were found infected with the Covid virus. As the team members flew off to the UAE for the second leg of the IPL, Shastri and the other four had to stay back in Manchester to complete their quarantine period.
The first leg of the IPL 2021 in India was suspended in April this year after a sudden spur of Covid-19 cases.