The number of Covid-positive players in the IPL is continuing to rise. Two more Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players were detected positive on Saturday. Right arem pace bowler Prasidh Krishna and New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Tim Seifert are among the new names in the list. Prasidh Krishna was named as a standby in Team India’s squad for their upcoming tour of England. At the same time, Seifert is being kept in quarantine at the Ahmedabad Isolation Center. Along with the rest of the New Zealand cricketers, he will no longer be able to return to his homeland.
So far, 5 KKR cricketers, including Krishna and Seifert, have been infected. Nitish Rana, Varun Chakraborty, and Sandeep Warrier had previously been discovered to be corona contaminated. At the same time, 11 players and three assistant coaches have been contaminated so far in the tournament.
Prasidh Krishna was kept on standby in Team India
Prasidh was selected for the World Test Championship final and tour to England. Chetan Sharma said that he has been kept on standby. On 25 May, all the players of Team India are to have Quarantine for 8 days before the England tour. However, Prasidh will now have to prove fitness.
2 RT-PCR tests showed corona positive Seifert.
According to the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) statement, Seifert was detected positive in 2 RT-PCR tests that preceded his departure. He does not have any serious symptoms at the moment. According to NZC, his report came negative in 7 tests conducted in the last 10 days. Now he will be sent to Chennai for treatment. He will be treated at the same private hospital where former Australian player and CSK coach Michael Hussey is undergoing treatment.
Seifert’s family is being given full information.
NZC Chief Executive David White said that we would keep in touch with him during the treatment. Once the report is negative, he will be recalled to New Zealand. They will then be placed in a 14-day quarantine. Seifert coming positive is sad news for us. We will do whatever we can for them. We are in contact with Seifert through the Players Association, and full information is also being provided to his family members.
Before this, there has been little change in the plan to go to New Zealand for England tour. Some players and staff, including captain Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jameson and physio Tommy Simsek, were placed in the Delhi-based bio-bubble. At the same time, according to media reports, they have now been shifted to the Maldives. New Zealand trainer Chris Donaldson is also quarantined in the Maldives. However, Mumbai Indians fast bowler Trent Boult has returned to his home country.
IPL suspended in the middle season
Before the IPL started, 5 players like Nitish, Akshar Patel, Enrique Norkhia, Devdutt Padikkal and Daniel Symes came to Corona positive. At the same time, after 29 matches in the middle season, Varun and Sandeep of KKR and Amit Mishra of DC and Wriddhiman Saha of SRH came positive. After this, the IPL was suspended indefinitely.
Meanwhile, many Indian players have returned to their homes and some are yet to return, those will return to their homes in the coming week.
When and How there will be the remaining Part of IPL
There will be a loss of 2500 crores on the cancellation of the tournament as per BBCI president Sourav Ganguly
However, BCCI is now looking for a 20-day window to complete the remaining 31 matches. It is not possible to conduct the tournament in India between the tight schedule and the anticipation of the third wave of Corona coming to India. In such a situation, BCCI is looking for a window for the tournament in September-October. The rest of the tournament matches can also take place in the UAE or England. If the IPL could not be held this year, then the BCCI could suffer a loss of 2000 to 2500 crore as the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said.
The BCCI has stated that it is in touch with the cricket board of other countries and is looking for a 20-day window after India’s England tour and before the World Cup starts within which the rest of the IPL matches could be completed.
BCCI now exploring all the possible venues and availability. They are keen to finish the tournament before the World Cup starts in late October.
Question On T20 World Cup
Along with the IPL, the T20 World Cup to be held in October this year has also come under threat. After the second wave of Corona in India, now the third wave is also being predicted. In this condition, questions are hovering over whether the upcoming World Cup will be held in India or not. The BCCI is also considering having the T20 World Cup held outside India along with the IPL.