Consider yourself out of WTC final, England tour if you test positive: BCCI informs players
When the second wave of coronavirus pandemic struck India, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was still going on as per the schedule. However, things took a drastic turn after the coronavirus breached the Indian bio-bubble.
The circumstances were so severe that four players were found to be positive as the virus was spread across four franchises. As far as CSK is concerned, earlier, 3 non-playing members – batting coach Mike Hussey, bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a bus cleaner tested positive.
Earlier, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan tested positive for the virus infection. However, he was found to be negative in the second round of testing. Initially, KKR players Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Delhi Capitals’ spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive. After that, KKR players Tim Seifert and Prasid Krishna were also found to be positive.
With the virus breaching the bubble, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) was in no mood to risk the cash-rich IPL or the health of players and has decided to postpone the tournament for the time being. Meanwhile, the BCCI has also advised the UK-bound players to remain isolated till they reach Mumbai for the Covid test.
Consider yourself out if you test positive in Mumbai: BCCI to Kohli-led team
The richest cricket body made it clear that if any player tests positive for coronavirus in Mumbai, then the infected player would be boarding the flight to the UK. If a player tests positive, he wouldn’t be part of the ICC WTC final and England tour.
“The players have been informed to consider their tour over if they are found positive on their arrival in Mumbai as BCCI will not arrange another charter flight for any cricketer,” a source in the Indian board told The Indian Express.
As per the recent reports, Virat Kohli & Co would leave India on June 2 to play the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship final. After that, they will play the five-match Test series against England.
The report further adds saying that the family members of the players will also be tested. The testing will be done as a safety measure considering the second wave.
“The players, support staff and families will be tested and two negative reports are required before they leave for Mumbai. It will be done in order to ensure that they are coming into the bubble without any infection.
The players have also been given the option to travel by air or car to reach Mumbai. For vaccination, BCCI has informed the players to take Covishield which they can get in England, and not Covaxin,” the BCCI source informed.