- Three covid cases have been reported in Chennai Super Kings’ IPL 2021 contingent
- CSK CEO, CSK bowling coach and a bus cleaner have contracted the virus
- 12 members of CSK contingent, including 2 players, had contracted the virus ahead of IPL 2020 last year
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan, CSK bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner from the CSK contingent have tested positive for Covid-19. The developments were confirmed after the latest round of testing – the result of which came on Sunday. All CSK players, who are currently in the national capital, are said to have tested negative for Covid-19, as reported by ESPN Cricinfo.
At the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, CSK played their last match against Mumbai Indians (MI) which they lost by 4 wickets. Five staff members of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) have also tested positive for Covid-19. CSK are scheduled to take on Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday.
Compared to last season, CSK have had a brilliant season where they are flying high with five wins in seven matches. They are ranked second in the IPL 2021 points table.
Notably, 12 members of CSK staff, including two players in Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar had tested positive for coronavirus ahead of IPL 2020 which was played in UAE. CSK had to delay their training camp as a result of the same reason.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a statement confirming that Monday’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had been rescheduled as two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, had contracted the virus.
“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 Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest,” the statement read.
KKR had played a match against Delhi Capitals (DC) recently. The BCCI said its medical team is also keeping a close eye on players and staff who would have got into casual contacts with the two KKR players.
“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 statement added.