On Wednesday, the Indian Premier League and Sunrisers Hyderabad have officially confirmed the news that left-hand fast bowler, T Natarajan has been tested positive for COVID-19 bringing a scare to the cricketing world after the tournament was cancelled earlier in India due to the virus. The Board of Control for Cricket in India have said it in his statement confirming the news of T Natarajan, as fans all over the world and the cricketing experts wish him a speedy recovery. This news has provided a shock as it might be dangerous to conduct the IPL tournament further immediately as the safety of the players comes first.
T Natarajan has tested positive for COVID-19, and is presently in isolation.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 22, 2021
The Indian Premier League board have officially confirmed the news of T Natarajan getting COVID-19, as well as 6 others, were in close contact with them isolating them in the team hotel.
NEWS – Sunrisers Hyderabad player tests positive; six close contacts isolated.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 22, 2021
The Indian Premier League (IPL) board have said in the further statement “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 members who are currently in isolation also include all-rounder Vijay Shankar and five others who have come in close contact with the player. The members are:-
1) Vijay Shankar- Team player
2) Vijay Kumar- Team manager
3) Shyam Sundar J- Physiotherapist
4) Anjana Vannan- Doctor
5) Tushar Khedkar- Logistics Manager
6) Periyasamy Ganesan- Net bowler
The development and the organisation of the tournament have now come to a shocker despite strict measures taken by the organisers to curb any COVID-19 cases. The hosts meanwhile allowed a certain percentage of the crowd to enter the stadium as well.