Bowling coach Chennai Super Kings L Balaji with a positive result for COVID-19 left BCCI in a decision for the next few IPL games in Delhi after the postponement of Monday night’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad.
While the entire KKR team went on a six-day hard quarantine, starting Sunday after Varun Chakravarti and Sandip Warrier returned positive for COVID-19, Balaji, a regular participant in the excavated Chennai Super Kings, went into isolation after returning with two RT-PCR positive results on Monday.
“Balaji’s positive report is certainly worrying, although CSK players have tested negative. But usually many people start to show symptoms on the fifth or sixth day. There are discussions about whether it is safe to continue with the next two games in Delhi,” said the senior. BCCI source to PTI on condition of anonymity.
While DDCA President Rohan Jaitley told PTI that he was not informed of the rescheduling of the issue, CSK played the Mumbai Indians last Saturday.
“Balaji was in the dugout, and also before and after the match, he interacts with players from Mumbai Indians, which is natural. Now you can test every day, but just as the KKR match is postponed, it makes sense if the MI match against
SunRisers Hyderabad on Tuesday and CSK’s match against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday has been rescheduled, “said the influential official.
As the KKR team conducts daily tests with a six-day strict quarantine, many believe that the same rule should apply to CSK before playing their next match.
But rescheduling always turns into a nightmare, as Delhi’s leg ends on May 8, after which the “cluster caravan” must move to Bengaluru and Kolkata.