IPL worries grow as match postponed after two players test positive for Covid

The continuation of the Indian Premier League has been left in doubt following the postponement of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders game, scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad on Monday evening after two KKR players tested positive for Covid-19.

The cricket website ESPNcricinfo has stated that the players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, tested positive after Chakravarthy recently left the IPL bio-bubble through the official green channel to carry out a scan on his shoulder at a hospital where he might have got exposed.

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan also leads the Kolkata Knight Riders. The match was due to be played at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, which hosted two Tests and a five-game T20 series between England and India in February and March this year.

IPL confirmed these developments to ESPNcricinfo, stating: “Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases” and that its “medical team is also determining the close and casual contacts of the two positive cases during the 48 hours” prior to testing.

India on Monday reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases for a 12th straight day.