RCB all-rounder has tested positive for COVID-19 only two days before the team's opening game in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This is a huge blow for the Virat Kohli-led side who will be facing the five-time champions Mumbai Indians in the season opener.
The franchise released an official statement stating that Daniel Sams checked in to the hotel on April 3 and had a negative COVID report with him. According to BCCI's SOP, during the quarantine period, the players are tested repeatedly and Sams' report returned positive for the second test.
RCB also confirmed that the cricketer doesn't have any symptoms and their medical team is having a close look at his health. "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.
"Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel Sams and continue to monitor his health and abide by the BCCI protocols," the statement read.
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 played for Delhi Capitals before
RCB is Daniel Sams' second IPL team having featured for Delhi Capitals before. He was traded to RCB ahead of the auction earlier this year along with Harshal Patel. Sams seemed set to make it to the playing XI after completing his isolation period. But now he is most likely to miss the first two matches of the team.
BCCI's SOP for a player testing positive is very strict and Sams will now only be allowed to join the team after returning two negative tests on the 9th and 10th day. Moreover, he also has the mandatory cardiac test which gauges the fitness of the player.