Mumbai: SRH pacer T Natarajan has tested COVID-19 positive ahead of his team’s IPL 2021 clash against DC. As per an official press release, Natarajan is asymptomatic and has isolated himself. The team is set to play against Delhi Capitals today.
Six close contacts of Natarajan: Vijay Shankar (Player), Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager), Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler) have been placed in isolation.
Meanwhile, the official website of IPL has said that T Natarajan is currently asymptomatic and has isolated himself from close contacts. Furthermore, the rest of the SRH team has tested negative and the game is set to go ahead.
“The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5 AM local time this morning and the test reports are negative. As a result, tonight’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will go ahead at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai,” the IPL Press Release read.
T Natarajan was set to make a comeback for SRH in the second leg of the IPL. He suffered an injury at the beginning of the year and was ruled out. The pace bowler was looking forward to doing well and it is very much unfortunate that he will continue to stay away from the game until he tests negative twice after completing his isolation period. The rest of the close contacts will be continued to be assessed by the medical team.
Notably, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended earlier this year as several players from different teams had tested positive. The BCCI then decided to move the IPL outside India and UAE once again was finalised to host the remaining 31 matches of the season.