Following two KKR players and three members of the CSK outfit testing Covid19 positive in Delhi, the Tuesday game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians is now doubtful. The two teams skipped their practice session on the eve of the game. The Delhi Capitals side has also been asked to isolate after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive. The Capitals had played their last match with the Kolkata side and that is the reason why BCCI asked the Capitals to take this step. Also Read - Bharat Biotech Refused to Provide Covaxin Doses to Delhi Due to Govt Directives, Says Sisodia
The Hyderabad and Mumbai players did not practice on Monday after five DDCA groundsmen tested positive for the novel virus. Also Read - Role of Nurses 'The Unsung Heroes' During COVID Crisis - The Caring Change Agents of Our Society
Rohan Jaitley, the president at the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association, confirmed that none of the DDCA groundsmen who tested positive were present at the venue over the weekend. Also Read - Wriddhiman Saha Breaks Silence on Being Covid-19 Positive, Says 'I Was Certainly Scared'
“Since the numbers (in Delhi) peaked we had put them (groundstaff) in-house in a bubble and they were staying at the stadium. Since it is a taxing job, they get drained out. So we have groundstaff that is off-site tested and quarantined. After every few matches we rotate them,” he said to Cricinfo.
Jaitley also sounded confident that the Tuesday game between SRH and MI will go ahead as per schedule.
As per a Cricinfo report, the Capitals also moved their regular testing, scheduled originally for Tuesday, to Monday.
Despite all these developments having now put a cloud over the future of the tournament, BCCI said that the tournament cannot be stopped midway.
Meanwhile, India is reeling under the second wave of Covid19. India recorded more than 3500 deaths on Monday and things are going from bad to worse.