The pandemic woes continue not just among the masses but also have crept in secured bio-bubbles. Yes, the ongoing 14th edition of the India Premier League (IPL) currently being played in India has come to an unwanted standstill as players and staff of franchisees have tested positive for Covid 19.
The conduct of Wednesday’s match between Chennai and Rajasthan scheduled to be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi has been postponed after three members of CSK staff have been tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. As a prevention to spread the virus any further, a Chennai official reckoned that the franchise is planning to go under quarantine and hence has decided to not play their next match against Rajasthan Royals.
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Three non-playing members of CSK contingent- CEO Kasi Viswanathan, Bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, and a bus cleaner tested positive for the novel coronavirus. However, the reports of the playing staff tested negative for Covid-19 during the Tests on Sunday.
A similar situation dawned upon the BCCI officials where they immediately called off Monday’s match-the clash between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad as two of KKR players got infected with the virus. Meanwhile, as Delhi Capitals (DC) also played their against KKR on Thursday, they have also been asked by BCCI to go under quarantine.
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With BCCI’s stringent Covid norms- everybody who has come in contact with an infected person will have to undergo a six-day quarantine, the conduct of CSK’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is also dicey. Simply because CSK’s mandatory six-day-quarantine would overlap with May 7- the matchday between CSK and SRH at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, the conduction of the same is not even confirmed.
Even after the unprecedented emergence of the Covid wave, BCCI mentioned that the tournament cannot be stopped midway. However, reports say that IPL may shift to Mumbai entirely amid COVID-19 concerns.