The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced via a press release that 13 personnel, including two players who were to take part in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), were among those who tested positive for COVID-19.
Issuing the official statement, the country’s cricket governing’s body said that a total of 1,988 COVID-19 tests were carried out recently and 13 of them are diagnosed with the deadly virus.
The two players who tested positive include a T20 specialist seamer for India and a top-order India A batsman. The Board, though, did not reveal any names. The tournament starts September 19 and will be played across three cities in the UAE.
“Thirteen personnel have tested positive of which two are players. All are affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL medical team.” stated the BCCI press release.
The release stated that a total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID-19 tests were carried out between August 20 and 28 across all participants groups in the UAE.
These include players, support staff, team management, BCCI staff, IPL operational team, hotel, and ground transport staff.
“As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols, testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 Seasons,” it further stated.
The franchise is yet to issue a formal statement but a league source PTI that the number of positive cases could be between 10 and 12.
All positive cases need to go through a 14-day quarantine period following which they will have to return two negative RT-PCR tests before being allowed inside the bio-bubble for the tournament. PTI