IPL 2021: CSK vs RR match rescheduled after L Balaji tests COVID-19 positive

| May 04, 2021 | Updated 12:06 pm

IPL 2021: CSK vs RR match rescheduled after L Balaji tests COVID-19 positive CSK vs RR (Photo Credit: IPL Twitter)

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will reschedule Wednesday-night Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) after CSK players were forced into hard quarantine after their bowling coach L Balaji tested COVID-19 positive.

According to BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), anyone who has come in contact with an infected person has to undergo six days of hard quarantine and return three negative RT-PCR reports during the course of it.

MS Dhoni, Sanju Samson (Photo Credit: CSK, RR IG)

“Tomorrow’s match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium between CSK and RR will be rescheduled as per SOP rules. As Balaji was in contact with the players, all of them have gone into hard quarantine. They are supposed to be tested everyday,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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Kasi Viswanathan, CSK CEO, also spoke on the current situation in the camp and said that the team had informed BCCI about Balaji’s RT-PCR result.

“From our end, we had informed that Mr Balaji has tested positive and as per SOP our players have been isolated,” Viswanathan said.

Meanwhile, all CSK cricketers tested negative during their scheduled RT-PCR tests.

This is the also the second IPL match to be rescheduled due to coronavirus after Monday’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match was postponed after KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the novel virus.

Delhi is scheduled to host the IPL 2021 clash between Mumbai Indians and SunRisers Hyderabad tonight.

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The match remains on schedule for now but there is palpable anxiety as MI had played against CSK as recently as Saturday and Balaji did come in contact of MI players during the match.

“Even MI players are at risk having played CSK. BCCI ideally should reschedule today’s game also. Normally symptoms start showing mostly on 6th or 7th day after you have come in contact of the infected person,” the BCCI source said.

Speculation is also rife about a possible shift to Mumbai for the remainder of the tournament but some logistical concerns are in the way.

“What do you do for seven days of hard quarantine for multiple hotel staff as you would need at least four hotels to create a new bio bubble,” the official said.

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If the tournament is moved to Mumbai, then Kolkata and Bengaluru would be missing out on their quota of games. Another view is to keep the games in the venues currently being used — Delhi and Ahmedabad.

“If you see when matches were being held in Mumbai and Chennai, things were under control. The trouble started after teams began were travelling from one city to another,” a franchise official said.

(With PTI inputs)