Bombay: The upcoming IPL match between COVID-affected Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings was moved to Mumbai from Pune on Tuesday following a virus outbreak in the Risabh Pant-led team.
In a statement, the BCCI said it has moved Wednesday’s game to Brabourne stadium to ensure no COVID infection goes unnoticed in the bio-bubble.
Five members of Delhi Capitals, including Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, have tested positive for the virus.
Physio Patrick Farhart, sports massage therapist Chetan Kumar, team doctor Abhijit Salvi and social media team member Akash Mane have also contracted the infection.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday announced a change of venue for match No. 32 Delhi Capital vs Punjab Kings from MCA Stadium, Pune to Brabourne CCI, scheduled for April 20, 2022, to avoid any further incident due to undetected case during a long bus journey in a closed environment,” the BCCI said in a statement.
Delhi Capitals will not be allowed to play the game until Wednesday morning after RTPCR tests. All other players and support staff came back negative in tests conducted on Tuesday.
“The COVID positive cases are being isolated and kept under medical observation. They will be tested on days 6 and 7 and provided both tests are negative they will be reintegrated into Delhi Capitals bio-safe bubble.
“From April 16, the entire Delhi Capitals contingent is subject to a daily RT-PCR testing procedure. The 4th round of RT-PCR testing conducted on April 19 has been found to be negative.”
“The Delhi Capitals contingent will undergo another round of RT-PCR testing on the morning of April 20,” the BCCI added.
Delhi Capitals opponents Punjab Kings were due to travel to Pune on Tuesday but were asked to stay in Mumbai.
On Monday, the virus threatened to derail the IPL again after Marsh tested positive.
He had undergone two RT-PCR tests, the first of which was negative, but the next test was positive. This was after Marsh complained of a sore throat and a low-grade fever.
It is understood that the Australian all-rounder showed some symptoms and a Rapid Antigen Test was performed which came back positive.
It could be that he was kicking physio Farhart, who tested positive last week.
The players have been in quarantine since Monday.
As COVID cases rise outside the IPL bio-bubble, so has the virus threat in the controlled environment.
Last season, the tournament had to be stopped halfway through due to the second wave. It was resumed and completed in the UAE in September-October.
In Photos: 83rd Senior National Table Tennis C’ship Begins in Meghalaya