According to the most recent developments, the Delhi Capitals camp has been affected by the COVID-19 concern, with a player testing positive for the substance. As a result, the team has cancelled its planned trip to Pune, where they were due to play their next game in the IPL 2022. Players and other members of the squad have been quarantined in their respective rooms, where door-to-door COVID testing will be done on Monday (April 18) and Tuesday (April 19), respectively (April 19).
Earlier, the team’s physiotherapist, Patrick Farhart, became ill with the virus, and he was forced to stay in isolation. On this occasion, a player tested positive, which is not a good omen for the remainder of the competition. It should be mentioned that the IPL 2021 tournament was postponed in the middle of last year due to the COVID-19 issue and was eventually relocated to the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would prefer to prevent a repeat of last year’s calamity this time around.
The Delhi Capitals’ next match is threatened by ominous skies.
It has been reported by Cricbuzz that the aforementioned player, who happens to be a foreigner, has tested positive on the Rapid Antigen Test. He will be subjected to a second RT-PCR test in order to validate the results. Prior to their next assignment in Pune, the other players and members of the team will all be subjected to COVID testing as part of their preparations. Particularly noteworthy, the Capitals are expected to square off against the Punjab Kings on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (April 20).
According to the BCCI’s guidelines, matches between teams who are unable to form a playing XI due to the COVID-19 problem will be postponed. If this is not practicable, the matter will be forwarded to the IPL Technical Committee, which will then make a final judgement.
“If a side is unable to field a full playing XI owing to COVID-19, the BCCI may try to reschedule the match at a later date in the season at its discretion.” Alternatively, if this is not practicable, the matter shall be sent to the IPL Technical Committee,” the regulation adds. Meanwhile, we are nearing the conclusion of the first leg of the Indian Premier League 2022. So far, all matches have been handled without incident, and the BCCI does not want any difficulties in the remaining contests.