Indian Premier League (IPL) reported its first case of COVID-19, on Wednesday the franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) conversed that its fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for Covid-19. The test was started keeping in mind that the team members need to amass in Mumbai next week for their flight to the UAE.
The franchise executed an extra test for all players, support staff and management travelling to the UAE in addition to the two tests suggested by BCCI, to ensure as healthy a process as possible.
The news comes at a time when preparations for the much-delayed 13th edition of the league are in full swing. Dishant, who was a wicket-keeper batsman for Rajasthan in domestic cricket and has also represented the franchise in IPL, is currently in his hometown Udaipur and has been recommended to get admitted to hospital for his 14-day quarantine.
The wicket-keeper batsman also took to Twitter to urge everyone who had come in physical contact with him in the past 10 days to get tested. “Post 14 days, Dishant will be undergoing two tests as per the protocols of BCCI. On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self-isolating for 6 days and receive 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE,” said Rajasthan Royals in a statement.
“We request everyone who has been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days to self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19,” the statement added.
The franchise also established that no Rajasthan Royals or other IPL players have been in close juxtaposition to Dishant in the past 10 days.
“We can confirm that no Rajasthan Royals or other IPL players have been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days. We wish Dishant a speedy recovery and look forward to him joining the Royals camp soon in the UAE,” said the franchise.
The 13th edition of IPL is set to kick start in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. On Monday the extravagant game got its required clearances from the government after the BCCI had declared its idea of hosting the tournament in UAE a couple of weeks ag