IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals v Punjab Kings game moved to Mumbai from Pune due to virus outbreak | Cricket News


MUMBAI: The upcoming IPL fixture between the COVID-hit Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings was moved to Mumbai from Pune on Tuesday following a virus outbreak in the team managed by Risabh Pant.
In a statement, the BCCI said it had moved Wednesday’s game to Brabourne Stadium to ensure no COVID infections go unnoticed in the bio-bubble.
Five members of the Delhi Capitals, including Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, have tested positive for the virus.
Physio Patrick Farhart, sports massage therapist Chetan Kumar, team doctor Abhijit Salvi and social media content team member Akash Mane also contracted the infection.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday announced a change of venue for Match No. 32 – Delhi Capital v Punjab Kings from MCA Stadium, Pune to Brabourne – ICC scheduled for 20th April 2022, to avoid any further incidents due to any undetected case during a long-distance bus journey in an enclosed environment,” the BCCI said in a statement.
The Delhi Capitals will only be allowed to play the game after the RTPCR tests on Wednesday morning. All other players and support staff came back negative when tested on Tuesday.
“COVID positive cases are under isolation and medical observation. They will be tested on days 6 and 7 and provided both tests are negative, they will be reintegrated into the biosecure bubble in the capitals of Delhi.
“From 16th April, the entire Delhi capitals contingent was subjected to daily RT-PCR testing procedure. The 4th round of RT-PCR testing conducted on 19th April came back negative.
“The Delhi Capitals contingent will undergo another round of RT-PCR tests on the morning of April 20,” BCCI added.
The Delhi Capitals’ opponents, the Punjab Kings, were due to travel to Pune on Tuesday but have been asked to stay in Mumbai.
“We were supposed to go to Pune but were asked to stay in Mumbai,” a Punjab team official told PTI.
On Monday, the virus once again threatened to derail the IPL after Marsh tested positive.
He had undergone two RT-PCR tests, the first being negative, but the next test came back positive. This was after Marsh complained of a sore throat and a mild fever.
It is understood the Australian all-rounder showed some symptoms and a rapid antigen test was carried out which came back positive.
It could be because he was undergoing rehab under physio Farhart, who tested positive last week.
The players have been in quarantine since Monday.
With the increase in COVID cases outside of the IPL bio-bubble, the virus threat inside the controlled environment has also increased.
Last season the tournament had to be suspended mid-term due to the second wave. It was taken over and completed in the United Arab Emirates in September-October.

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