IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB: Two players test positive, match postponed

IPL 2021 RCB vs KKR
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The match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been rescheduled after two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, tested positive for Covid-19.

The match was set to take place in Ahmedabad on Monday, May 3rd.

The IPL press release:

It said, “Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19,”.

“Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health.”

Meanwhile, the Kolkata camp have now moved towards a daily testing routine. To identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest.

“The Medical Team is also determining the close and casual contacts of the two positive cases during the 48 hours prior to collection of the sample that returned the positive test results.”

“The BCCI and the Kolkata Knight Riders prioritise the health and safety of everyone involved and all measures are being taken in that endeavour,” the release added.

The new date for the KKR- RCB match, which was originally set for Monday will be announced soon.

What’s Next?

According to reports, the outcome may have a cascading impact, putting the entire IPL season in jeopardy.

There have already been calls to cancel the season due to the coronavirus outbreak that has engulfed India.

KKR has played Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and Chennai Super Kings in the last 14 days.

On the other hand, players from those teams have reportedly been ordered to self- isolate by their respective franchises.

Officials participating in such matches will now be required to serve a quarantine period as well.

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