Another big blow to the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as the veteran wicket-keeper batsman of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Wriddhiman Saha has been tested positive for Covid-19 and the entire SRH team has been put under isolation since yesterday. Australian journalist Peter Lalor revealed the news on Twitter. According to the reports of the Times of India, the veteran spinner of the Delhi Capitals (DC) has also been tested positive for Covid-19.
Earlier, the IPL 2021 match scheduled to be taking place between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday had also been postponed as the CSK players have been isolated for 6 days. Accoridng to the reports of The Hindu, the match between SRH and Mumbai Indians (MI) is set to be postponed which is scheduled to be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday.
Apart from that, as per reports of Sports Tak, BCCI has been considering stopping IPL 2021 for a few days after the game between MI and SRH. BCCI is also considering the option of relocating the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 games to Mumbai as it will be minimizing the risks after several Covid-19 related cases were reported from both the venues currently hosting the tournament. If things go to plan, Mumbai could be hosting matches as early as the coming weekend.
If the relocation happens, the complete schedule will be changes and double-headers will also increase. There is also a likelihood of the IPL final being moved from May 30 to the first week of June.
On Sunday, three members of the Chennai staff were reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 including owling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, CEO Kasi Viswanathan, and a bus cleaner. Fortunately, all the players were tested negative after the test that was conducted on Sunday. Two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have also been tested positive on Sunday.
Delhi Capitals’ official website has also confirmed that they are also serving quarantine as they had played their last game against KKR. With the duration of isolation not yet known, they are uncertain as to when they will resume the practice sessions.
The statement on DC’s website read, “As we had played our last game against KKR, we have been advised to go into quarantine and all of us are in isolation. We are all in our rooms. We don’t have any information if that practice session will go ahead.”