BCCI makes change in the venue of DCvsPBKS match due to covid outbreak: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to conduct the Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Punjab Kings (PBKS) match in the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai following the covid outbreak in the former team’s camp. The match was earlier scheduled to be staged in Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
“UPDATE: The #DCvPBKS match scheduled for tomorrow, 20th April, has been shifted to the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai from MCA Stadium, Pune in light of the recent COVID-19 cases in the camp,” wrote Delhi Capitals in its social media handles.
It further mentioned that the entire squad including support staff and non-playing members will undergo RT-PCR testing on Wednesday morning to remain on the safe grounds ahead of the clash against Punjab Kings.
“The entire contingent will undergo another round of RT-PCR testing on Wednesday morning.”
Notably, as many as five members of the Delhi Capitals contingent have been tested covid positive in the last couple of days.
“The change of venue has been triggered due to five COVID-19 positive cases in the Delhi Capitals contingent,” BCCI said in a statement.
- Patrick Farhat – Physiotherapist (tested positive on April 15)
- Chetan Kumar – Sports Massage Therapist (tested positive on April 16)
- Dr Abhijit Salvi – Team doctor (tested positive on April 18)
- Mitchell Marsh – Player (tested positive on April 18)
- Akash Mane – Social Media Content team member (tested positive on April 18)
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was hospitalised after he returned covid positive on April 18th.
As per the reports available, the entire DC group is being tested regularly. Daily tests are being held to detect any unidentified covid cases. Fortunately, the reports of testing on April 19 have come negative.
“The Covid positive cases are under isolation and medical observation. They will be tested on Day 6 and 7 and subject to both the tests being negative, they will be re-integrated into the Delhi Capitals bio-secured bubble,” BCCI said in the statement.
“From April 16 onwards, the entire Delhi Capitals contingent has been put under a daily RT-PCR testing procedure. The 4th round of RT-PCR tests conducted on April 19 have returned negative.
As per the rules put in place by the BCCI, every franchise in the Tata IPL 2022 is being tested every fifth day for covid during normal circumstances. However, if a franchise feels the need for more frequent testing then the decision is welcomed by the BCCI.