In a major setback to BCCI and IPL, tonight’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been postponed after a couple of players from Kolkata Knight Riders tested positive for the Coronavirus while several other cricketers including Pat Cummins are showing symptoms and have gone into isolation.
A tweet from Cricinfo confirmed the rescheduling of today’s game.
BREAKING: Tonight's IPL match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been rescheduled #IPL2021
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 3, 2021
BCCI too confirmed the same and said that RCB aren’t too keen on taking the field against KKR. “Varun and Sandeep tested positive and that made the RCB camp wary of the situation. The game is set to be postponed,” the official said.
This is the first case of any player testing positive for the virus after the start of IPL. Earlier, Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal and Axar Patel tested positive for the novel Coronavirus but that was before the start of the T20 extravaganza.
As per ANI, Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy are the two unfortunates. It is reported that players went to hospitals for some regular checkups and may have picked up the virus from there.
IPL 2021: Varun, Sandeep test positive for COVID-19, RCB wary of playing KKR on Monday night
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) May 3, 2021
The BCCI had earlier assured the players about their safety thus this outbreak is a massive set back to the organizers. Earlier, several players including the likes of Liam Livingstone, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Ravichandran Ashwin pulled out of the tournament due to COVID concerns.