IPL 2021: Mohammed Azharuddin wanted the entire IPL fraternity to be safe and stay mentally strong.© UKTN
As COVID-19 hit the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) bio-bubble on Monday, former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin said he was praying for the recovery of those affected. Two players from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, forcing the postponement of their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, three Chennai Super Kings staff also tested positive on Sunday, but returned negative tests on Monday. Five Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ground staff have also tested positive for the virus.
“Hear news from players, support staff, management and ground staff who have tested positive for COVID. Pray for their speedy recovery and that the entire IPL fraternity will be safe and stay mentally strong,” Azharuddin tweeted.
Hear the news from players, support staff, management and ground staff who have tested positive for COVID. Pray for their speedy recovery and that the entire IPL fellowship will be safe and mentally strong. # IPL2021 # IndiaFightsCOVID19
– Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) May 3, 2021
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier from KKR have tested positive for COVID-19. The players have been placed in solitary confinement, IPL said in a statement.
The cases in the CSK camp were qualified as “false positives” by an official of the BCCI, quoted by the PTI.
DDCA President Rohan Jaitley said the five Covid-positive staff were not among those on duty during the IPL.
Delhi is set to host four more matches this IPL season, with the next match at Arun Jaitley Stadium scheduled for Tuesday, between the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals.
IPL 2021 kicked off on April 9 and the final is set to be played on May 30.
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