Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik tested positive for Covid-19, the franchise said in an official statement. The development comes a week before Rajasthan Royals were supposed to depart for United Arab Emirates (UAE) in anticipation of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
“Rajasthan Royals would like to inform that their fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19. The test was undertaken keeping in mind that the team members need to assemble in Mumbai next week for their flight to the UAE. The franchise implemented an extra test for all players, support staff and management travelling to the UAE in addition to the two tests recommended by BCCI, to ensure as robust a process as possible,” the franchise said in a media release.
“Dishant is currently in his hometown Udaipur and has been advised to get admitted to hospital for his 14 day quarantine. Post 14 days, Dishant will be undergoing two tests as per the protocols of BCCI. On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self isolating for 6 days and receiving 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE,” the release added.
This is the first case of a player or support staff associated with the IPL 2020 being tested for Covid-19. Rajasthan Royals has also advised everyone who has been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days to self isolate and get tested for COVID-19.
The franchise, in the statement, also mentioned that no Rajasthan Royals or other IPL players have been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days.
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