IPL 2021: KKR’s Covid-19 cases have thrown IPL into a rescheduling nightmare

According to the IPL Covid-19 guidelines, an affected person’s “close contact” should “isolate for six days” and return “three negative tests on Day 1, 3 and 6”.

Just last week, as India grappled with a second wave of the pandemic, BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin told both teams that they were “completely safe” in the IPL bio-bubble.

KKR has played against the Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and Chennai Super Kings in the last 14 days. It has been learned that players from those teams have often been asked to isolate themselves by their respective franchises. Game officials participating in such matches could also be subjected to quarantine.

According to the IPL Covid-19 guidelines, an affected person’s “close contact” should “isolate for six days” and return “three negative tests on Day 1, 3 and 6.”

As a result, the situation not only casts doubt on KKR’s tournaments but will also affect at least four other franchises.

How can the fixture congestion be solved? 

To begin with, the 2021 IPL featured 11 double-headers. The BCCI is expected to expand the number of double-headers in the current scenario. It has also been learned that players from the teams that have played against KKR will be checked on a regular basis and that plans have been made with a hospital to ensure that test results are received the same day. KKR, too, as an IPL media advisory has informed, have moved towards a daily testing routine “to identify any other cases possible and treat them at the earliest”.

Given the IPL’s short window, it does not follow the spirit of the law in terms of the tournament’s Covid-19 safety guidelines, but the BCCI would guarantee that player safety and bio-security are not jeopardized. More doubleheaders tend to be the best way to deal with the fixture overload.

Isn’t there any room for an expansion at BCCI?

The tournament final is set for May 30, with no space for a postponement. The tournament may be extended until early June at most, although it seems doubtful.

The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand is scheduled for June 18-22 in Southampton, and the Indian team will prefer a clear 15-day break between the IPL and the WTC final.

How did the players get COVID-19 considering the fact that they were on the bubble?

Just last week, as India grappled with a second wave of the pandemic, BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin told both teams that they were “completely safe” in the IPL bio-bubble. It was surprising that two players contracted the virus while being in the bubble.

According to a source, Chakravarthy left the bio-bubble to have his shoulder scanned. The KKR spinner left via the official route, having received permission from the BCCI and his franchise to go for the scan. He is thought to have been revealed during the operation.

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