The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been hit hard by the ongoing second wave of the Coronavirus in India. Earlier today, it was reported that two cricketers from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad namely, Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy tested positive for the coronavirus. The players have been isolated away from the main squad and the other members of the KKR camp have returned negative results.
According to the reports, three members from Chennai Super Kings also returned a positive test for Covid-19 yesterday. The three members who were tested positive were CSK’s chief executive officer K Viswanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner. However, rapid antigen tests conducted on Monday afternoon indicated a negative result for all three, spreading massive confusion among the franchise about COVID testing. They are in dilemma to whether trust the tests at first go or do multiple tests before arriving at a conclusion.
While the Monday game between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) stands cancelled, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that they'll go ahead with the IPL as planned.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opined on the scary situation in India and the potential bio bubble saying that the cricket body is monitoring the situation and is in constant touch with the players. However, the final decision regarding whether the players want to continue their stint in IPL 2021 or want to return home will depend on each individual.
"We continue to monitor and communicate with our players and staff currently in India. In terms of continued participation, it will be a decision that will be taken by each individual," an ECB spokesperson said.