Axar Patel, CSK team member, and the ground staff of Wankhede Stadium tested Covid Positive.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suffered a heavy blow six days ahead of the IPL 2021.
Axar Patel Delhi Capitals all-rounder tested COVID-19 positive after joining the team on March 28 with a negative report of the COVID-19. The all-rounder tested positive in the second test. Axar Patel is under medical care facility at the moment.
“Axar Patel had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on March 28, 2021, with a negative report. His report from the second COVID test, came positive. He is currently in isolation at a designated medical care facility. The Delhi Capitals medical team is in constant touch with Axar and ensuring his safety and well-being. We wish him a speedy recovery,” Delhi Capitals said in a statement.
🚨 UPDATE 🚨
Delhi Capitals all-rounder #AxarPatel has tested positive for COVID-19. He had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on Mar 28, 2021, with a negative report. His report from the second COVID test, came positive. pic.twitter.com/CjRKlfzvWR
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 3, 2021
According to a report, 10 groundsmen of the Wankhede Stadium have been tested positive too along with Delhi Capitals’ all-rounder Axar Patel.
The Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai is all set to host the second match of the IPL2021. The second match is scheduled to take place between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings on April 10.
As per the report, a member of the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) content team too tested positive from novel coronavirus. That member of Chennai Super Kings is under isolation.
The CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan confirmed the news as per a report of Cricbuzz and said that the individual was not in contact with the players or the support staff and was on a different floor even before returning a positive result on his Covid-19 test.
The BCCI had Hyderabad as its backup stadium earlier but now it is too late for shifting a venue.
“It is too late to move the matches from Mumbai now. The members of the organizing team have been in a separate bubble. The players are in a strict bubble. The BCCI had Hyderabad as a backup but it is very difficult to move it in a week.” A Senior BCCI official said as quoted by TOI.
“At the moment BCCI is confident of pulling off an incident-free IPL like it did in UAE. The official added.”
Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Punjab Kings have their bases in Mumbai for the first leg of the IPL2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad have their bases in Chennai for the first leg of the IPL2021.