The news of two Kolkata Knight Riders players testing positive for the dreaded Covid-19 virus seems to have sent the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a tizzy. South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said the country’s cricket board is always there to help but it is up to the cricketers to decide if they want to continue playing in the IPL after it has been hit by the COVID-19 storm on Monday. Also Read - Shane Bond turns out to be a Game Changer in Jasprit Bumrah's Career

A COVID-19 outbreak left the star-sprinkled IPL on tenterhooks as KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the Coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, while cases also came to light in the Chennai Super Kings camp. Also Read - Not Virat Kohli, RCB Fan And National Crush of India Rashmika Mandanna Names MS Dhoni as Her Favourite Cricketer

“We’ve offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them should there be any concerns,” Cricket SA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za. Also Read - PBKS Star Shah Rukh Khan Reveals How Talking to MS Dhoni Was Special

“Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a choice – about their continued participation.”

As many as 11 South African players, including white-ball skipper Quinton de Kock, pacer Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis, are currently participating in the IPL for various teams.

While there are no Proteas players in KKR, du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, and Imran Tahir play for Chennai, whose bowling coach L Balaji and a bus driver have tested positive.

Many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have banned flights from India but South Africa has still kept its borders open with travellers needing to submit a negative test report within 72 hours of travelling.