IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders and New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert has reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 and is on the way back home, coach Gary Stead said. After spending two weeks in isolation in India after the IPL 2021 was suspended due to rising cases inside IPL’s bio-bubbles. Seifert was transferred to a Chennai facility after he failed two RT-PCR pre-departure tests on May 8. His positive test meant, he could not join Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and others in boarding a flight to New Zealand.
While many of the Kiwi contingent have arrived in the UK for two-match Test series against England and the ICC World Test Championship, Tim Seifert will be home after not being named in the squad for England tour.
IPL 2021: New Zealand coach Gary Stead told Stuff that Tim Seifert had returned two negative tests and was heading home. Later a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson also confirmed the news.
“I heard from Tim just a little while ago. I don’t know how long it’s going to take him to get back to New Zealand or where he’s heading via, but it’s great news for Tim, that for a start his health is on the improve anyway, to the point where he’s not testing positive anymore,” Gary Stead confirmed from Southampton.
After the IPL 2021 was suspended, the BCCI and franchises had arranged return flights for all cricketers, commentators, umpires and support staff. While the Kiwi contingent returned home, the 38-people strong Australian contingent was transferred to the Maldives where they waited for their government to lift the travel ban on India. The Aussie cricketers reached home on Sunday morning.
Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey had also tested positive and was put in the same facility as Tim Seifert. After his recovery, he was sent home on Sunday from India on a repatriation flight to Australia.
They will not be able to join others in the New Zealand squad as they come from the Maldives which has been put on the UK’s red list for surging cases of COVID-19.