IPL 2022
Delhi Capitals Team Cancel Travel To Pune As Mitchell Marsh Tested Covid-19 Positive
By CricShots - Apr 18, 2022 3:21 pm
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An overseas player of the Delhi Capitals (DC) has tested positive for the coronavirus during a Rapid Antigen Test conducted on Monday morning. According to the reports of the Indian Express, the overseas cricketer complained of headache and slight fever. The development has prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to advise Delhi Capitals to put their departure to Pune on hold before another round of RT-PCR Testing on Monday.

Delhi Capitals (DC)
Delhi Capitals (DC)

If the positive result is confirmed by the RT-PCR test, it will be the third such case in the DC camp. On Friday, Delhi Capitals physio Patrick Farhart tested positive and a day later, a masseur tested positive for the virus. Both the members of the support staff were separated from the rest of the team. Delhi Capitals are scheduled to meet Punjab Kings at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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According to the reports of PTI, the Australian all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh has contracted corona. He was injured while the Australian team was on a tour of Pakistan. After playing the series against Pakistan, Marsh arrived in Delhi for the IPL. Marsh was in touch with Delhi Capitals physio Patrick Farhart to get fit.

The biggest worry for the BCCI is to control the virus from spreading across the teams and they are now working to chalk out another plan. On Saturday, for the Delhi Capitals-Royal Challengers Bangalore game, the BCCI had given directions to the players that there would be no handshakes or hugging between players of both the teams to avoid any possible transmission.


Patrick Farhart
DC physio, Patrick Farhart

The players from different teams usually congregate for a chat after games before they disperse. The Delhi players were advised to maintain social distancing during chats and the use of masks has been recommended. The non-playing team members watching the game from the stands were suggested to wear face masks throughout the match, except when eating or drinking. 

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According to the BCCI rules, fixtures of teams failing to field a playing XI amid the COVID-19 crisis will be postponed. If that’s not possible, the issue will be referred to the IPL Technical Committee and a final decision will be taken. BCCI’s rules states, “BCCI, at its discretion, will attempt to reschedule the match for later in the season if a team cannot field a playing XI due to COVID-19. If this is not possible, the issue will be referred to the IPL Technical Committee”.

The BCCI had allowed 50 percent capacity in stadiums as COVID-19 cases were reduced across the country. However, the cases are rising once again amid rising fears of a fourth wave of COVID-19 across the country.