Wriddhiman Saha tests COVID-19 positive ahead of SRH’s IPL 2021 clash against MI

| May 04, 2021 | Updated 1:04 pm

Wriddhiman Saha tests COVID-19 positive ahead of SRH’s IPL 2021 clash against MI Wriddhiman Saha (Photo Credit: Wriddhiman Saha IG)

New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cricketer Wriddhiman Shah tested positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of his side’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 clash against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday.

Wriddhiman Saha’s positive COVID-19 report was confirmed by SRH Management ahead of their clash against MI at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. With Saha testing coronavirus positive, there is a high possibility that tonight’s IPL 2021 will be called off.

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According to Control for Cricket in India (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.

Earlier in the day, the Board of BCCI rescheduled the Wednesday-night match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) after their bowling coach L Balaji tested COVID-19 positive.

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“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.

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.

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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.