IPL 2021: CSK vs RR game postponed
Just a day ago, three staff members of the Chennai Super Kings contracted the virus infection which took the cricket fraternity by shock. Meanwhile, the CSK franchise has decided not to play their next game against the Rajasthan Royals scheduled on May 5 in Delhi.
It is to be noted that CSK spoke to the BCCI that they would be able to step back on the field only when all the players who got in touch with the covid-19 positive staff members clear three tests over 6 days according to Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) of the IPL.
“Tomorrow’s match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium between CSK and RR will be rescheduled as per SOP rules. As Balaji was in contact with the players, all of them have gone into hard quarantine. They are supposed to be tested every day,” a senior BCCI official reportedly told on conditions of anonymity.
So, CSK are scheduled to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the same venue on May 7. But, this falls within the six-day test window. According to the BCCI-issued standard operating procedure for the 2021 edition, anyone who came in contact with the affected person should undergo RT-PCR tests on days 1, 3 and 6 apart from practising quarantine.
CSK pulling out of the next game put immense pressure on the BCCI who are already going through rescheduling issues with thoughts going on over even moving the cash-rich IPL to Mumbai.
Yesterday, the scheduled game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after two KKR players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were tested positive. Meanwhile, the BCCI is yet to inform the rescheduled date.
CSK official says they can’t play their next game
Talking about the current situation, a CSK official told the Indian Express: “The coach is asymptomatic. However, as per the BCCI’s Covid protocols, everybody who has come in contact with him will have to undergo a six-day quarantine. We can’t play our next game (against Rajasthan Royals). The BCCI knows about the testing protocols and how many tests need to become negative before an all-clear is given. We have communicated it to the BCCI. They will have to reschedule the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals.”
“Most of our foreign players now don’t want to continue. They don’t feel safe anymore. We have assured them we will take care of them and if required will also take care of their travel out of India. Without the availability of these players, how we can continue?”, added the franchise official.
Meanwhile, talking about the postponement or cancellation of the league, a senior BCCI official said: “It will be tough to postpone or change the venues now. We are speaking to medical teams on how to strengthen our bio-bubble. Teams will have to undergo RT-PCR tests daily. We are trying to find solutions keeping in mind the safety of players.”