- The KKR vs RCB match had to be postponed on Monday due to Covid-19 positive cases in the Kolkata camp
- The SRH vs MI match on Tuesday is also at risk of being postponed
- CSK had played MI on Saturday which puts the Mumbai Indians players at risk
liThe Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match had to be postponed after Covid-19 hit the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with two players — Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy — testing positive in the Kolkata camp. But will the rest of the matches in the T20 league go ahead as scheduled?
The KKR match had to be postponed after two of the team’s players tested positive for the virus while the news of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach L Balaji also acquiring the virus sent further shockwaves in the Indian cricketing spectrum.
As per the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) protocols for Covid-19, it is likely that more IPL Season 14 matches would need to be rescheduled in order to effectively nullify the virus threat that has entered the league. Here’s why:
– The IPL protocol dictates all of the close contacts of a person who has tested positive for the virus to isolate for 6 days and only after 3 negative tests, that person would be able to return to the camp. Considering CSK had played Mumbai Indians on Saturday, both the teams are at risk due to Balaji’s Covid-positive report.
– The MI players are also required to isolate themselves just like the CSK players and staff. This situation, hence, puts the match of Rohit Sharma & Co. against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday in a fix. It is likely that the BCCI would postpone MI vs SRH match too and allow teams the time to quarantine.
-With Rajasthan Royals scheduled to take on Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, that match also faces the risk of being postponed. With the virus breaching the CSK bio-bubble, the risk of going ahead with the match against the Royals is huge.
– The Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings match on Thursday, however, can continue as the players of neither camp have been in contact with the teams where positive cases have come. From Thursday onwards, the league could continue uninterrupted, though the postponed matches would need to be rescheduled.
With the talks of shifting the remaining matches to Mumbai underway, the BCCI would have to put more doubleheaders in place if they are to finish the 14th edition of the T20 league by May 30.