In a shocking news, three domestic players participating in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tested positive for coronavirus. The players belong to Maharashtra, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh. While the Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh players underwent COVID-19 tests last week, the Bihar players took a test on Tuesday. This was after a player tested positive for them.
Notably, this is not the first time a player has tested positive in the Indian domestic circuit. Previously, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a player from Jammu and Kashmir had reportedly tested positive.
Bihar are playing their next game against Uttar Pradesh at Bangalore. An official from the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) assured that the game would go on as usual.
“It is confirmed and the concerned player has been isolated from other players. He is currently in Bangalore as he cannot travel,” said a BCCI official from a senior department as quoted by PTI.
The Bihar team is playing its matches in Bangalore while Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh players are playing in Jaipur.
The cases of COVID-19 in the ongoing tournament are indeed worrying signs for BCCI as the IPL is scheduled to be played in April. The loopholes in the bio-secure bubbles need to be ironed out if IPL has to take place in India, with crowds. It is also imperative to note that the BCCI conducted three COVID tests before allowing the players to enter into the bio-secure bubble.