Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler T Natarajan has been tested positive for the covid-19 on Wednesday – the same day when Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals were in line to play in the 33rd match of the Indian Premier League 2021.
This positive case looked like another seed of uncertainty in the IPL 2021, which already got postponed in May earlier this year and the second leg just got underway in the UAE.
Meanwhile, former England skipper Michael Vaughan tried to take a dig at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by saying it would be interesting to see whether BCCI cancels the IPL like the last Test against England or not.
This jibe by Michael Vaughan came in the aftermath of the cancelled fifth Test match between Indian and England, which BCCI denied playing after multiple covid-19 cases inside the Indian support staff.
After Ravi Shastri during the fourth Test, India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was tested positive for covid-19 on the eve of the fifth and final Test between India and England. After all the speculation, BCCI and ECB mutually cancelled the Test match while keeping its proximity with the IPL 2021 as well.
Now, after T Natarajan was tested positive, Vaughan tried to take a dig at BCCI for the same. He wrote, “Let’s see if the IPL gets cancelled like the last Test!!!!! I guarantee it won’t be.”
See the tweet here;
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 22, 2021
Other than Natarajan, no other SRH player was tested positive for the virus. However, six members have been put in isolation for the precautionary measure but none of them returned a positive result.
Among the close contacts, it is understood that Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager), and Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler), all have been placed in isolation. The tests were conducted early morning on Wednesday but have only produced Natarajan to be positive.