On Wednesday, the fielding coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR), Dishant Yagnik has been tested positive for COVID-19, just a week before the team is scheduled to leave for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take part in IPL 2020 as it will be happening in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The 13th edition of the IPL is set to take place in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. In a statement regarding their fielding coach, RR said, “Rajasthan Royals would like to inform that their fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19.”
Hi all, I hv tested COVID +. Pls get tested if you hv been in contact with me in the last 10 days. In line wd BCCI protocols I will be now quarantining for 14 days. I will then need 2 ngtv tests b4 joining the team @rajasthanroyals in UAE. Thx 4 yr blessings & good wishes!
— Dishant Yagnik (@Dishantyagnik77) August 12, 2020
Our fielding coach @Dishantyagnik77 has tested positive for COVID-19 in an extra round of testing done by the franchise. All other franchise members have tested negative to date. Full statement below.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) August 12, 2020
The statement further added, “The test was undertaken keeping in mind that the team members need to assemble in Mumbai next week for their flight to the UAE. The franchise implemented an extra test for all players, support staff, and management traveling to the UAE in addition to the two tests recommended by BCCI, to ensure as robust a process as possible.”This is the first case among the IPL contingent.
Yagnik is currently in his hometown Udaipur and he has been admitted to hospital where is expected to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine. After the completion of the two-week quarantine, Rajasthan Royal fielding coach will be undergoing two tests as per the BCCI’s COVID protocols and then he will only be allowed to join teh squad after his reports return negative.
After his arrival in UAE, Yagnik will also be undergoing self-isolation for the next six days before being going through some more COVID tests. The franchise also confirmed that no player has been in contact with Yagnik, who has represented the state team in the domestic circuit, in the last 10 days.
The franchise as well as the fielding coach, who tweeted about it, requested everyone who has been in close proximity to him in the past 10 days to self-isolate and tested themselves for COVID-19.