With less than a week until the start of the 2021 IPL, last year’s runner-up Delhi Capitals suffered a massive blow because versatile Axar Patel was positive for coronavirus, the franchise confirmed on Saturday. In its press release, the Delhi-based franchise said the player reported the hotel to the team on March 28 with a negative report, but his second Covid test returned positive. “Versatile Axar Patel from Delhi Capitals tested positive for COVID-19. He checked into a team hotel in Mumbai on March 28, 2021 with a negative report. His report from the second test at COVID became positive,” Delhi Capitals said in a statement.
“He is currently in isolation at a particular health facility. The Delhi Capitals medical team is in constant contact with Axar and ensures his safety and well-being. We wish him a speedy recovery,” he added.
The Delhi Capitals are set to play against three-time Chennai Super Kings champions in their first match in Mumbai on April 10th.
According to the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), any player who tests positive for Covid-19 must be isolated for 10 days from the first day of symptoms or the date of sampling that resulted in a positive RT-PCR report, depending on what is earlier.
“During a 10-day isolation, the individual must rest and avoid any exercise. The team doctor should monitor the case regularly. If symptoms worsen during isolation, the individual must be hospitalized immediately,” the BCCI SOP states.
“During the 10-day isolation, the individual will undergo an RT-PCR test on days 9 and 10. Provided that both the test results of days 9 and 10 are negative and there are no symptoms for more than 24 days, the individual will be allowed re-entering the biosafe environment.
“After recovery, players must undergo a cardiac examination before continuing any team activities.”
The IPL 2021 is set to begin on April 9 with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking over the Royal Challengers (RCB) under the leadership of Virat Kohli at the opening of the tournament in Chennai.
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