IPL 2021: DDCA's 5 Ground Staff Tested Covid-19 Positive After Result Of Two KKR Players Return Positive
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IPL 2021: DDCA’s 5 Ground Staff Tested Covid-19 Positive After Result Of Two KKR Players Return Positive

DDCA's Arun Jaitley Stadium is scheduled to host IPL matches until May 8. Five Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) ground staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
DDCA's Arun Jaitley Stadium is scheduled to host IPL matches until May 8. Five Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) ground staff have tested positive for Covid-19.

DDCA’s Arun Jaitley Stadium is scheduled to host IPL matches until May 8. Five Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ground staff have tested positive for Covid-19.

Five DDCA ground staff have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members have been isolated.

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DDCA President Clarifies None Of The 5 Covid-19 Positive Staff Were On Duty

DDCA’s Arun Jaitley Stadium is set to host matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 until May 8. However, Rohan Jaitley, DDCA president, said that none of the staff who tested positive were on duty.

This development comes on the same day that two players from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — also tested positive for the deadly virus. Delhi is scheduled to host four more IPL matches this season, including the next two games of the tournament.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)

Mumbai Indians (MI) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) are scheduled to face off in the next game in Delhi on Tuesday. KKR’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, originally scheduled for Monday in Ahmedabad, has been postponed due to the positive cases in the KKR camp.

“Both the players (Chakravarthy and Warrier) have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and is monitoring their health,” the IPL said in a release.

The IPL further said that all other members of the KKR squad had returned negative tests. Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier’s positive results forced IPL 2021 organizers to postpone Match 30 between KKR and RCB.

Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal, And Axar Patel Tested Positive Before IPL 2021

This was the first reported instance of players at a team testing positive for COVID-19 during IPL 2021.

Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle

Earlier, KKR’s Nitish Rana, RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal, and Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel had tested positive for the virus before joining their respective squads. Delhi is among the cities with the heaviest COVID-19 caseloads in India. Currently, there are over 92,000 active cases in the national capital.