Kolkata Knight Riders to Delhi Capitals: How COVID-19 infection could've travelled between two franchises
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended after 4 players and 3 members of the Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) staff tested positive for COVID-19. At first, the 30th match of the tournament between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore had to be rescheduled due to Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive for the infection.The BCCI's worries further grew when Delhi Capitals' (DC) Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha (SRH) also tested positive. Later in the evening, it was announced CSK's batting coach Michael Hussey has also contracted the virus.DC and KKR's contingents are in Ahmedabad while SRH and CSK are in Delhi. While there are no clear indications of how the infection breached Delhi's bubble, a report in The Times of India has highlighted how the virus seems to have travelled from the KKR camp to the DC camp.As per the report, Chakravarthy went to a hospital for a scan on May 1. He sat for a meal with Warrier on his return to the team hotel. KKR played their last fixture on April 29. But they travelled to the stadium for practice after May 1. The report adds that DC were already practicing at the venue and Warrier had a chat with Mishra.Chakravarthy complained about not feeling well before the practice session while Mishra complained after reaching the team hotel. The IPL confirmed Chakravarthy and Warrier's COVID-19 positive report on May 3, the day when KKR were to play against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The fixture was rescheduled. A day later, Mishra also tested positive. DC were already isolation and Mishra's positive report further added to the team's worry. The BCCI took no time to call a meeting and suspended the league after 29 matches.Since the players had participated in practice sessions with their respective teams, the COVID-19 cases could go up in different camps.As far as IPL 2021's resumption is concerned, the remainder of 31 matches will be played before or after the T20 World Cup. “The remaining 31 matches will be completed whenever we can. So, matches will resume from where we left this year. We have to look at a window, before the ICC T20 World Cup or after the World Cup (October-November 2021),” Brijesh Patel, IPL chairman, told News18.