IPL 2021: Two KKR players test positive for COVID-19; match against RCB postponed

Although the match has been rescheduled, the dates are yet to be finalised.
Vaidehi Singh Editor

Updated - 6 May 2021 3:22 pm

As per the recent updates doing rounds on the internet, IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders are under self-isolation. This news comes in after some of their players including pace spearhead Pat Cummins are not in their best condition. Seeing this, KKR’s match against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore is likely to remain postponed.

Notably, this is the first time that a match is being postponed in the ongoing edition of IPL even though some of the players and support staff had contracted the infection earlier. The match was scheduled to happen at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier test positive for COVID-19

It is further being reported that Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have contracted the virus. If the news indeed is confirmed by official sources, this will be a huge blow to the biggest T20 competition in the world which is already being criticised by several cricketers and experts as it is happening in the middle of a health emergency in India.

However, Pat Cummins who was earlier said to be unwell have returned negative including the other players of the franchise.

Latest Update on the news

According to reports, KKR have put all their players and staff in hard quarantine until 6th May with a test to be conducted on daily basis. If everything pans out well for them and all the members test negative, then their postponed game against RCB will be rescheduled on 7th May.

Close to 370,000 cases in India in last 24 hours

Everyday from the last few days the country is reporting over 300,000 new cases every day with several hospitals reporting shortages of oxygen supplies. A few players even made early exits from the competition, worrying about their own safe passage back home. In the last 24 hours, there are close to 370,000 new infections and BCCI and the IPL oraganising committee may be forced to take some harsh steps after this big blow.

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