The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is battling to face another setback. It is being reliably learnt that one of the member of Board of Cricket Control of India’s (BCCI) medical committee currently in Dubai has tested Covid-19 positive.
According to a report by TOI, the said member was the core member for the medical committee drafted by BCCI in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The BCCI is yet to make the name public of this member but has already shifted him to a separate quarantine facility.
According to the report, the IPL had conducted a webinar last week where BCCI’s medical team members cleared several doubts of players and franchise officials on how to observe safety protocols inside the bio-bubble. Post this webinar, It is understood that several IPL teams have been trying to get in touch with this medical expert but they have been told that he is unavailable at the present moment.
The said member is currently self-isolating in separate quarantine.
One more Covid-19 positive test in IPL 2020 clearly shows that despite of all the efforts by BCCI, IPL 2020 is gradually getting gripped by Covid-19. The league already has acknowledged 13 positive cases in the Chennai Super Kings squad. CSK’s pace bowler Deepak Chahar and and young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive and currently recuperating at the separate quarantine facility away from the team hotel.
IPL 2020 : Apprehensions, fear among the IPL 2020 players growing by the day
Already some of the IPL players are apprehensive to join squads in UAE because of Covid-19.
Another Covid-19 positive case will add to the growing apprehension among players as it also comes on the back of Suresh Raina’s decision to pull out of IPL due to ‘personal reasons’.
Earlier this week, CSK’s Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood raised an alarm about the issue, saying that the Aussies will take a final call on whether to travel to the UAE after consulting Cricket Australia. Hazlewood’s concern was also echoed by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson too on Wednesday even as he prepares for his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is scheduled to fly out to the UAE on Thursday.
Kane Williamson says an outbreak of COVID-19 in an IPL team has raised some apprehension about the coming tournament and reminded him of the need be vigilant about his health and surroundings. Williamson is due to leave on Thursday to link up with the Hyderabad Sunrisers in the United Arab Emirates, which is hosting the tournament this year due to the growing number of infections in India.
“Obviously that’s bad news,” Williamson told Radio New Zealand on Wednesday. “You don’t want to hear anybody (has) COVID.
“I hear they are predominantly asymptomatic, so hopefully through another lockdown period, they can come through and we’ll be okay.“There’s a little bit of apprehension, certainly as you get nearer to the time … you start thinking you do have to be extremely vigilant and disciplined.”
Not only this, CSK’s Harbhajan Singh is yet to join the IPL squad because of the same Covid-19 fears. Twice Bhajji has postponed his flight and is currently waiting before he makes his final decision to participate in IPL 2020.
Now with one more reported Covid-19, fear among the players is bound to grow.