Seifert tests positive for Covid-19, misses flight from India
New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not travel with other Kiwi players, support staff and commentators. He’ll stay at India and take treatments there before flying back to home.
Last week, on Tuesday, Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 suspended indefinitely for the rising Covid cases in its bio-bubble. For this, players have been returning home from India since then.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player Seifert was also scheduled to return home with other members of New Zealand on a chartered flight after the IPL was postponed, as he is not in the national team’s Test squad which will fly for UK for Tests against England and ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. But failed both his pre-departure RT-PCR tests and will stay at isolation in in Ahmedabad before returning to Chennai, where he will be treated at a private hospital.
The 26-year old tested negative 7 times in the last 10 days in the Covid-19 test, but the last two times it came as positive. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White wished Seifert quick recovery and said that they’d do everything from their end.
“It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything for him that we can from this end, and hopefully he will be able to test negative, and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he’s well again.
“Since receiving the news, we’ve organised support for Tim and have also, via the players association, been in contact with his family to ensure they’re kept fully informed and updated on developments,” White said in a release.
Before Seifert, two other cricketers in KKR contingent were affected by coronavirus- Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier.