After two of his staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the Chennai Super Kings have informed the Indian Cricket Board (BBCI) of their reluctance to play their next match against Rajasthan Royals, scheduled in New Delhi on Wednesday, Indian Express.
The report also states that CSK informed BCCI that they would return to the field only after players who came into contact with COVID-19 positive bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and team CEO S Viswanathan had a negative result of three conducted over a period of six days, as according to the COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) of IPL.
The BCCI SOP for IPL states that “those identified as close contact of an affected person will have to undergo RT-PCR testing on the first day, third day and sixth day of the isolation period”.
“We can’t play our next game (against Rajasthan Royals). BCCI knows about the test protocols and how many tests must be negative before it is completely clear. We told BCCI. They will have to reschedule the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals A CSK employee told The Indian Express.
CSK’s next game after RR is against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 7, which also falls within the six-day period.
If allowed, it will be the second three-day match to be postponed as Kolkata Knight Riders’ match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue was canceled after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier scored COVID-19.