Indian Premier League: Wankhede Groundstaff Test Covid Positive, IPL Franchises Tighten Checks | Cricket News

IPl 2021: Wankhede Groundstaff Test Covid Positive, Franchises Tighten Checks, Says Report

With seven days to go for the high-octane Indian Premier League conflict between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals on the Wankhede Stadium, groundstaff have examined constructive for coronavirus on the stadium. With instances rising within the state of Maharashtra, IPL franchises have began feeling a bit cautious and are conserving fingers crossed with the 14th version of the league set to get underway from April 9. Speaking to ANI, an official of one of many franchises — at present primarily based in Mumbai — mentioned that it does change the scenario and requires stricter protocols.

“You do get a little concerned when you hear such things days before the start of the tournament. We have all been following protocols to the core, but obviously, when such a news comes in, it makes us a little wary. We are looking at keeping things as tight as possible. Have to be on our guard,” the official mentioned.

Another franchise official mentioned it was a wake-up name for everybody heading into the event. “This could actually serve as a wake-up call before the start of the tournament. Sometimes we tend to get a little comfortable after going inside the bubble. But this will ensure we follow every protocol and there is no messing up,” the official mentioned.

Wankhede is about to host 10 IPL video games this season from April 10-25. The first match on the Mumbai stadium is slated to be performed on April 10 between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings.

Four franchises — Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals have arrange their base in Mumbai as of now.

Maharashtra reported 47,827 new COVID-19 instances and 202 deaths on Friday with Mumbai registering the highest-ever single day spike of 8,832 new instances. It was the second day in a row that Mumbai recorded greater than 8,500 instances.

On Thursday, Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana had examined unfavourable for coronavirus after returning a constructive outcome on March 22. Having undergone self-isolation after the constructive outcome, he underwent a COVID-19 take a look at on Thursday and examined unfavourable. He will begin coaching shortly with an eye fixed on the opening recreation in opposition to SunRisers Hyderabad on April 11.

Commenting on the flip of occasions, KKR issued a press release which learn: “Nitish Rana had checked into the KKR team hotel in Mumbai, on March 21 with a negative COVID report which was done on March 19. As per IPL protocol, he was tested on March 22, during his quarantine and the report showed that he was positive. He has had no symptoms and has been completely asymptomatic since. Again as per IPL protocol, he isolated himself and was tested again today. We are glad to report that he has tested negative. We expect him to start training with the team shortly and be fully fit well before the start of the season.”


The BCCI SOP says a participant who checks constructive should isolate within the designated space outdoors the bio-secure surroundings for at least 10 days from the primary day of signs or the date of assortment of the pattern which resulted in a constructive RT-PCR report, whichever is earlier.

“During the 10-day isolation, the individual must rest and avoid any exercises. The team doctor should regularly monitor the case. If symptoms worsen during the course of isolation, the individual must be hospitalised immediately,” the SOP states.

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