IPL 2021: Three Staff Members Of Chennai Super Kings Test Positive For Covid-19

IPL 2021: Three Staff Members Of Chennai Super Kings Test Positive For Covid-19

Kevin Pietersen, Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar's 4/13 laid the cornerstone for the win [Image-IPLT20]

In the latest news, three members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent have tested positive of the covid-19. Kasi Viswanathan, chief executive officer, Lakshmipathy Balaji, bowling coach, and a bus cleaner are believed to have contracted the virus.

This came as a result of the testing conducted on Sunday; all players of the Chennai Super Kings squad have tested negative.

According to ESPNcricinfo, all the three people in concern here took another covid test on Monday ” to rule out the possibility of a false positive.” If they return positive results again, then they must undergo a minimum 10-day isolation outside the team bubble and return two negative tests before re-entering the bubble.

Lakshmipathy Balaji
Lakshmipathy Balaji (Image Credit: Twitter)

Lakshmipathy Balaji has been in regular contact with the players; he was seen in the team’s dugout on Saturday, in their last-ball loss to the Mumbai Indians. Chennai Super Kings’ next game is scheduled for Wednesday against the Rajasthan Royals.

KKR-RCB clash on Monday postponed after 2 players test positive

Before the news of three covid cases in the Chennai Super Kings camp, the IPL has confirmed that Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, both part of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ squad have returned positive tests.

Hence, their match against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad on Monday has been rescheduled. This is the first incident of positive Covid-19 cases within the IPL bubble since the 2021 season started on April 9th, after early positive cases of Nitish Rana, Axar Patel, and Devdutt Padikkal.

Varun Chakravarthy and Eoin Morgan
Varun Chakravarthy and Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

It is believed that Chakravarthy recently left the IPL’s biosecure bubble through the official green channel to carry out a scan on his shoulder – that’s where he might have been exposed to the virus. Apart from Chakravarthy and Warrier, the rest of the Knight Riders squad have returned negative tests.

All the members of the KKR contingent have been put in isolation, and “have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases”, and that its “medical team is also determining the close and casual contacts of the two positive cases during the 48 hours” before testing.

Last season, in the UAE, there were several positive cases in the Chennai Super Kings camp. However, the tournament went smoothly thereafter, and there were no glitches then.

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