Devdutt Padikkal is the latest IPL player to have contracted the novel coronavirus. The RCB player tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. He, thus, became the third IPL player to have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Earlier Nitish Rana and Axar Patel has tested positive for Covid-19. However, Rana after few days tested negative and started practising already. Meanwhile, Patel is currently in self isolation.
Royal Challenger Bangalore are scheduled to play this edition’s inaugural game against defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 9. According to the sources in RCB, Padikkal is unlikely to be available for first 2 games of RCB.
As per reports of Times of India report, Delhi Capitals left-arm spinner Axar Patel, 8-10 members of the ground staff at the Wankhede Stadium, a franchise executive, 8 members of an event management company engaged by the BCCI and other individuals tested positive.
As per the BCCI SOP given to all franchisees, the player, who tests COVID-19 positive, has to undergo a set of tests. During the 10-day isolation, the individual will undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 9 and Day 10.
Provided, both the test results from Day 9 and Day 10 are negative, and he/she does not have any symptoms for more than 24 hours, the individual will be permitted to re-enter the Bio-Secure Environment. After recovery, players must undergo a cardiac screening before resuming any team activities, according to the protocol.