The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll across the globe. The sports environment had almost come to a complete halt. Many sports still haven’t resumed completely.
Luckily the IPL is still on. After a drop in cases worldwide, the numbers have skyrocketed in the past 2-3 weeks. In India, the situation is getting progressively worse with each passing day. Even after taking precautions like bio bubbles and other precautionary measures, several IPL players and staff were infected with COVID-19.
Here is a list of the IPL staff and players who have contracted this infectious disease in recent times:
Daniel Sams (RCB cricketer)
The RCB all-rounder tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the opening match of IPL 2021. The Australian cricketer tested negative after a test was taken on 3rd April. However, a 2nd test was taken on 7th April. Here he tested positive for COVID-19. Before that, Sams has isolated himself and is currently asymptomatic.
Kiran More (MI wicketkeeping scout and consultant)
More tested positive for COVID-19 on 6th April. More has isolated himself in a training facility in Chennai. In order to ensure no one else is affected, the MI team cancelled training on 6th April. Everyone who came in contact with More was also tested. Fortunately, everyone else tested negative for COVID-19.
Devdutt Padikkal (RCB cricketer)
The 20-year-old was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 on 22nd March. However, Padikkal has completely recovered from COVID-19 and has also tested negative for the same. The RCB batsman also joined his teammates at training on 7th April. Paddikal is now fit and available for selection for the RCB side.
Ground staff members of the Wankhede Stadium at Mumbai
In the first week of April, a few ground staff of the Wankhede stadium tested positive for COVID-19. The Mumbai Cricket Association recently stated that the ten matches to be played between 10 April-25 April will not be shifted from Wankhede. Wankhede is supposed to be a biosecure environment. The ground staff is now being tested at regular intervals of 2 days. This is done to ensure that there will be no obstacle in hosting IPL matches at the Wankhede. Meanwhile, all those who’ve tested positive for
COVID-19 have isolated themselves and will return to work only after testing negative.
Axar Patel (DC cricketer)
Axar Patel was one of India’s best performers in the recently contested limited-overs series against England. However, the DC all-rounder recently tested positive for COVID-19 on 3rd April.
Patel first tested negative when he took his test on 28th March. Patel has now isolated himself in a medical facility. DC will take on CSK in the 2nd match of IPL 2021 on 10th April.
Nitish Rana (KKR cricketer)
The KKR player tested positive for COVID-19 on 3rd April before he arrived at Mumbai. On 22nd March, Rana tested negative and joined the KKR camp to initiate his training. However, a day later, Rana tested positive again. Finally, Rana tested negative for COVID-19 on 1st April after isolating for more than a week.