IPL 2021: RCB all-rounder Daniel Sams tests positive for coronavirus
In what comes as a big blow to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s title campaign, their all-rounder Daniel Sams has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sydney Thunder all-rounder hogged the limelight in the Big Bash League by hitting 4 consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to secure a win over Brisbane Heat.
RCB team management was impressed with Sams’ six-hitting potential and they traded in the all-rounder from Delhi Capitals ahead of the IPL 2021 season. The Australian stalwart is the second player after Devdutt Padikkal to contract the coronavirus.
Padikkal tested positive on March 22 and has been currently in isolation in Bengaluru since then. The Australian joined the RCB camp in Chennai before being tested positive for COVID-19. As per the statement from the RCB franchise, the 28-year-old stalwart arrived in Chennai on April 3 and tested negative but his report from the second COVID test confirmed that he was tested positive.
Meanwhile, the management also confirmed that their new player is not showing any symptoms and is now in isolation. “Daniel Sams checked into the team hotel in Chennai on April 3rd, with a negative COVID report on arrival.
His report from the 2nd test on 7th April came positive. Sams is currently asymptomatic and he is currently in isolation at a designated medical facility,” RCB added in an official release.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel Sams and continue to monitor his health and abide by the BCCI protocols,” added the franchise.
Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel Sams and continue to monitor his health and abide by the BCCI protocols.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 7, 2021
Daniel Sams is expected to miss at least the first 2 games for the RCB franchise. RCB will kick start their journey on April 9 against Mumbai Indians. Sams is also expected to miss the second game which will be held on April 14. RCB will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Sams is following the compulsory protocols and during his 10-day isolation period, the all-rounder will take the RT-PCR test on Day 9 and Day 10. He will be permitted to re-enter the bio-bubble only after both the test results are negative. As of now, Karnataka batsman Padikkal reportedly tested negative but is yet to join the team in Chennai.