The raging Covid 19 pandemic has hovered slightly seriously on the ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Unlike the start of the IPL earlier in the month of April when only a few players were tested positive for Covid 19, its menace has suddenly crept in among the franchise players and staff, bringing things to a sudden halt.
Soon after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players- Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid 19 on Monday, the governing body- Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) immediately abandoned match 30 of the tournament that was to be played between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Monday night as per the schedule.
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To be extra cautious and not to prevent the spread of the virus any further, BCCI even asked the Delhi Capitals (DC) side has also been asked to isolate themselves. The concern for the isolation grew simply because DC had played a match with the Kolkata side on Thursday.
Three members of the non-playing staff of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also found infected with the coronavirus. Reportedly, CSK’s chief executive officer Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner have tested positive for Covid 19. Though none of the players was detected with the infections so far, CSK cancelled their practice session scheduled on Monday.
The 31st Match of the IPL schedule between Hyderabad and Mumbai at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Tuesday in Delhi stands sceptical as five DDCA groundsmen tested positive for the novel virus. In fact, as a precaution, SRH and MI players didn’t undertake their practice on Monday.
However, Rohan Jaitley, the president at the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association, asserted that none of the DDCA groundsmen who tested positive was present at the venue over the weekend. In fact, the DDCA official is confident for the smooth conduct of the Tuesday game between SRH and MI as scheduled.
With the unprecedented Covid crisis dawning amid the tournament, BCCI mentioned that the tournament cannot be stopped midway.