5 DDCA ground staff members test positive for COVID-19, MI vs SRH clash likely to be postponed

They were on duty during match no. 28 between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad which took place on Saturday. 
Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 3 May 2021 4:16 pm

The ongoing season of Indian Premier League is under serious threat after a COVID-19 outbreak in various camps. After it was earlier revealed that two KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested positive for the virus in Ahmedabad, the concerns started to rise when it was confirmed that three members from CSK staff had also returned positive for coronavirus.

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Another blow to IPL 2021

The tournament has been handed another major scare after Delhi and District Association (DDCA) confirmed that five ground staff members have also contracted the virus. They were on duty during the match no. 28 between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad which took place on Saturday.

“It’s confirmed that five DDCA ground staff tested Covid positive. They were at duty on the ground in the last IPL Match (RR vs SRH) at Kotla. Since they were on ground duty, there are chances that they must have come in contact with players and team staff,” a DDCA official told InsideSport.

MI vs SRH clash could also be postponed

There is a likely possibility that the ground staff members would have come in contact with several players during the match, which puts the players of both SRH and RR under risk as well. The DDCA official added, “We are waiting for more reports. There were around 50-60 members on duty. The report will come in a day or two. There are chances of more positive reports.”

Since Sunrisers Hyderabad are scheduled to face Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, it is likely that the match no. 31 might have to be postponed to avoid any possibility of further outbreak.