Kiran More Tests COVID-19 Positive And Has Been Isolated
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Kiran More Tests COVID-19 Positive And Has Been Isolated

File image of Kiran More | AFP
File image of Kiran More | AFP

Kiran More, who is associated with IPL franchise Mumbai Indians as a senior talent scout and wicket-keeping consultant, has tested positive for Covid-19.

In the latest development, Mumbai Indians’ (MI) senior talent scout and wicket keeping consultant Kiran More on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19.

Kiran More
MI’s consultant Kiran More (Source: Twitter)

Kiran More Is Currently Asymptomatic And Has Been Isolated: Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians issued a statement saying Kiran More was asymptomatic and has been isolated. The franchise also appealed to all the fans to strictly follow the Covid-19 protocols.

“Mr. More is currently asymptomatic and has been isolated. Mumbai Indians and Kiran More have followed all the BCCI health guidelines. The MI medical team will continue to monitor Mr. More’s health and abide by the BCCI protocols. We would like to remind our fans to be safe and follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviors in these difficult times,” the statement read.

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

With close to a lakh new cases being reported in the country on a daily basis, concerns have been raised over the scheduling of IPL 2021. Several ground staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at the Wankhede Stadium. On Tuesday, as reported by ANI, two more ground staff members and one plumber tested Covid-19 positive at the Wankhede Stadium.

“Two more ground staff members and one plumber returned with positive Covid-19 results on Monday. Earlier, 10 ground staff members had tested positive for Covid at the Wankhede,” the MCA source told ANI on Tuesday.

Among cricketers, RCB’s opener Devdutt Padikkal, Delhi Capitals’ spin all-rounder Axar Patel, and KKR’s top-order batsman and part time spinner Nitish Rana are the three players to have tested positive for Covid-19. Among the three players, Nitish Rana has now recovered and has also started training with the KKR squad. Devdutt Padikkal and Axar Patel will miss at least 2 games for their respective franchises.

Devdutt Padikkal who became the first Indian to score 4 successive hundreds in List A cricket, scored 473 runs in 15 games averaging 31.53 with five fifties in IPL 2020. Delhi left-hand batsman Nitish Rana has been a vital cog in the KKR middle-order over the last few editions of the IPL. He scored 352 runs in 14 games averaging 25.14 in IPL 2020.

Axar Patel who had an extraordinary debut in Tests against England scored 117 runs and picked 9 scalps in 15 games in IPL 2020. His economy rate was less than 7- the seventh-best in IPL 2020.

BCCI Going Ahead With IPL Despite Covid-19 Spike

Speaking to timesnownews.com, top sources said that IPL 2021 will go on as per the schedule and despite the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, the BCCI is confident of pulling off the tournament as the crowd would not be allowed inside the stadiums.

“BCCI is going ahead with IPL as per plan. No changes to any 6 cities that have been chosen to host the tournament even though there is a curfew in most of them. Since it’s without spectators, we will pull it off. The start is in Mumbai and Chennai so both cities are ok. As we progress, we will see if any new permissions are needed,” the source said.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are scheduled to face five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the season opener on Friday at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.