IPL 2021: BCCI justifies bubble burst after KKR and CSK players test COVID-19 positive

The BCCI confirmed that two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, tested positive for the virus. The RCB-KKR game has hence been rescheduled for a later date.  We later got to know that three CSK non-players – L Balaji, Kasi Viswasanathan, and their bus driver – tested positive as well.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Varun Chakravarthy left the bubble via the official ‘green channel’ for shoulder scans, which is where he may have contracted the virus. The BCCI protocols allow a player to be transported to a hospital in a private vehicle while wearing PPE, and to receive treatment from medical personnel who are also wearing PPE before returning in the same vehicle.

Varun’s hospitalisation was well within the guidelines and he was only in the hospital for about five minutes, and the staff who attended to him were both asymptomatic and vaccinated.

It is not yet clear if these protocols were not followed correctly, if an infection occurred despite these safety measures, or if Chakravarthy contracted the virus at another point. If all the guidelines were followed, where else could the bubble have burst?

Considering the current situation, if cases continue to rise in the IPL staff or teams, then IPL might have to be postponed.

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