The IPL game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday was postponed after bowling coach L Balaji and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi. Points table | Schedule | News
Balaji, who was on the team during the game against the Mumbai Indians, has been isolated. This has forced CSK to go into tough quarantine for a week, meaning games against Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 7th) and Punjab Kings (May 9th) also look dubious.
According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP ) the BCCI for the IPL, anyone who has come into contact with an infected person must undergo a rigorous quarantine for six days and return three negative RT-PCR reports.
“Tomorrow’s game at Arun Jaitley Stadium between CSK and RR will be postponed under SOP rules. As Balaji has been in contact with the players, everyone has been put into a tough quarantine. They are to be tested every day,” said a senior BCCI official said PTI under conditions of anonymity.
Even CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan announced when he contacted BCCI that BCCI had been informed of Balaji’s RT-PCR result on Monday. “From the start we had announced that Mr. Balaji had tested positive and our players were isolated under the SOP,” said Viswanathan. All CSK players tested negative during their scheduled RT-PCR tests. This is the second IPL game to be postponed after the Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore game was postponed on Monday as some KKR players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – tested positive. Even the Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad game, which was due to be played in Delhi that evening, appears in doubt after reports surfaced that Wriddhiman Saha tested positive. To avoid travel and minimize risks, the BCCI plans to move the rest of the Indian Premier League to Mumbai in 2021.
The bio-bubble breakthrough and positive tests from two Kolkata Knight Riders players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – added to BCCI’s headache.
On the one hand, the BCCI needs to rearrange the schedule, on the other hand, it needs to gain the trust of players, especially overseas, in their safety of the bio-bubbles and ensure that this does not happen again.
One way to avoid travel is to bring the entire IPL back to Mumbai and instead of the caravan style end the tournament in one city.
This was actually the BCCI’s original plan, as it was in the The city has three cricket venues – Wankhede, DY Patil and Brabourne.
All three venues and the respective bio-bubbles were tested during the first stage of the IPL this year.
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