The IPL 2021 has suffered a massive blow as two Kolkata Knight Riders players, Varun Chakravarthy And Sandeep Warrier have reportedly tested positive for the covid-19.
Other players and staff members have been placed in isolation and their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday in Ahmedabad is all but confirmed to be postponed.
It was reported on Monday morning that the KKR contingent are been put in quarantine after some members fell ill.
Now, in the latest news, Varun Chakravarthy, the mystery spinner who was KKR’s leading wicket-taker last season, along with Sandeep Warrier, the pacer from Kerala, have unfortunately contracted the virus. Since the news broke out, Virat Kohli’s side is not willing to compete on Monday with KKR.
“Varun and Sandeep tested positive and that made the RCB camp wary of the situation. The game is set to be postponed,” a BCCI official told ANI.
The IPL 2021 has been hit by this crisis for the first time since it commenced on April 9th after early positive cases of Nitish Rana, Axar Patel, and Devdutt Padikkal. Last season, in the UAE, there were several positive cases in the Chennai Super Kings camp, however, the tournament went smoothly thereafter, and the governing body was lauded for their monumental effort.
India is recording covid-19 cases at the rate of knots, and Ahmedabad is one of the red zone hotspots.
Covid in KKR contingent puts IPL 2021 in jeopardy
The positive covid results of Varun Chakravarthy And Sandeep Warrier in the KKR camp will make a massive impact on the IPL 2021, as other team players who came in contact with Eoin Morgan’s side would also have to be isolated, as per BCCI and IPL’s protocols.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ next game after the RCB fixture is on Saturday against Delhi Capitals, with still 5 days to go for that will give the authorities some time to figure out and sort out the concerning situation.
In March, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 was also postponed mid-season after more than half a dozen covid cases were observed amongst players and staff; the PSL is set to resume in June.