IPL 2021: SRH vs MI likely to get postponed, Wriddhiman Saha tests Covid-19 positive, said sources. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians were scheduled to clash on Tuesday at Arun Jaitely Stadium. However, due to the latest development, the entire SRH squad has been put in isolation. This is the fifth confirmed positive case in two days. “Yes, Wriddhiman has tested positive. We are in isolation since yesterday. About today’s match, you have to check with BCCI,” a source from SRH said.
Earlier, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier from Kolkata Knight Riders were tested positive. They were followed by two more confirmed cases from Chennai Super Kings camp where bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and CSK bus driver returned positive.
The IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slated to be played on Monday evening was rescheduled for a later date and the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals is also set to be officially postponed as the CSK unit is in isolation.
The BCCI issued a release on the twin cases in KKR and said: “Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19.
Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest
IPL 2021 postponement: BCCI confirms, “IPL to get postponed”
Due to the latest development, BCCI has been forced to call off the season. InsideSport was told by senior BCCI functionary, ‘now we don’t have any other option than postpone IPL’.
Many Australian players left the IPL early as the coronavirus crisis worsened, with Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson choosing to follow AJ Tye home. Rajasthan Royals batsman Liam Livingstone opted to return to England citing “bubble fatigue” after spending much of the last 10 months moving in and out of biosecure environments.
Meanwhile, India and Delhi Capitals spin spearhead R. Ashwin cut short his IPL season on April 25 to be with family.