In what could send the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) into a tizzy, the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) squad has been quarantined after one of its player reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and the team’s departure to Pune for their next Indian Premier League (IPL) game has also been cancelled.
The Rishabh Pant-led side is scheduled to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their next game on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune.
As per a report in Cricbuzz, one of the DC player has tested positive on the Rapid Antigen Test and will now undergo further RT-PCR test to confirm the result. The incident has forced the DC team management to take the decision of quarantining the entire squad till the RT-PCR tests are conducted.
The player, who has returned positive for the deadly virus, is yet to be confirmed.
Couple of days back, DC team physio Patrick Farhat was isolated after testing positive for Covid-19 following which he was closely monitored by the medical team of the franchise.
Earlier on Friday, the IPL had issued a statement to confirm the first positive Covid-19 case of the ongoing IPL season.
Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.
Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.
The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.
As of now, DC have played four matches, winning two and losing two. The Pant-led side are currently placed seventh in the ten-team points-table.