KKR pacer Prasidh Krishna tests COVID positive, England tour at risk

Prasidh Krishna Tests Covid positive
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Prasidh Krishna of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has tested positive for coronavirus and is being quarantined in his hometown of Bengaluru, according to a BCCI source.

Krishna, who was named as a stand-by in the Indian squad for the England tour on Friday, is the fourth KKR player to contract the dreaded virus.

“Prasidh is COVID positive and currently in home isolation in Bengaluru,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Other KKR players who have tested positive include Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert.

The BCCI is hoping that Krishna will test negative by the time the UK-bound players arrive in India on May 25.

The positive outcome has the immediate effect of making the 25-year-old pacer’s inclusion in the England tour conditional.

Before he can board the plane to England, he must return negative tests.

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“It will be subject to fitness clearance like Wriddhiman Saha, who too tests positive while being in the IPL bubble,” said a BCCI source. He has just three weeks to get into shape.

He made his way into the Indian team after a strong showing in the previous two years.

Krishna and Warrier, according to a BCCI source, contracted the virus from Chakravarthy during one of the training sessions.

Krishna, he said, is a close friend of Chakravarthy’s.

“Prasidh like all India players left bubble on May 3 after getting two negative results.

However, on reaching Bengaluru he tested positive,” the source said.

Seifert, a wicketkeeper-batsman from New Zealand, is in isolation in Ahmedabad and will travel to Chennai for treatment at a private hospital.

Seifert “is having mild symptoms” after failing both of his pre-departure RT-PCR examinations.

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