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The COVID-19 virus has entered the Bengal’s Ranji Trophy camp as in total 7 members of the squad have been found positive for COVID-19, among 7 members who have contracted the virus there are six players and an assistant coach.

This has led to the cancellation of the practice sessions, and their travel to Bengaluru, for the Elite Group B games which are set to begin on January 8 might also get postponed.

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Speaking to ESPNcricinfo Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Debabrata Das revealed that the positive results came after the entire squad was tested for Covid-19 keeping in mind “the pandemic situation” in the state of West Bengal.

According to the PTI, the seven squad members in question are players Sudip Chatterjee, Anustup Majumdar, Kazi Junaid Saifi, Geet Puri, Pradipta Pramanik and Sujit Yadav, and assistant coach Saurasish Lahiri.

Meanwhile, all 7 squad members participated in the training session and practice games in Kolkata and now they have been sent for isolation.

The team was set to play a couple of warm-up games against Mumbai, however, after the virus spread, the warm-up games have been called off.

Mumbai All-rounder Shivam Dube Tests Positive For COVID-19

7 Members Of Bengal Ranji Trophy Squad, Including 6 Players And A Coach Test Positive For COVID-19
Shivam Dube[photo: Twitter]
According to the reports of ESPNcricinfo Mumbai allrounder Shivam Dube and the team’s video analyst have also tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the team’s departure for Kolkata and Sairaj Patil has replaced Dube in the squad.

The CAB is taking all necessary precautions and actions in this regard,” Snehasish Ganguly, secretary of the association, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Kolkata was sent to host the group stage as well as knockout games of the Ranji Trophy, however, all those could get cancelled.

Also, all the local CAB-run tournaments have been put on hold and the emergent meeting has been called by the association which is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

 ” [ The meeting is ] To review the current Covid situation and take necessary decisions about holding of local tournaments (first division, second division and district tournaments) at present,” CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.

 “Taking immediate steps to vaccinate the registered players who fall in the 15-18 age bracket since health and safety of cricketers and all concerned is paramount to the association,” the statement added.

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