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IPL 2022 – Relief for Delhi Capitals as overseas player returns negative RT-PCR test

In a shot in the arm for the Delhi Capitals, the overseas player who had tested positive for Covid-19 during the rapid antigen tests has returned consecutive negative RT-PCR tests. However, the BCCI has decided to verify the tests before deciding on when the Capitals can travel to Pune for their league fixture against Punjab Kings on Wednesday (April 20).

Doubts over the possibility of the match happening arose after the said player returned a positive test during the regular rapid antigen testing following the team’s fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday. The player had featured in Capitals’ 16-run loss.

He was the third person after team physio Patrick Farhart and one of the team’s masseur to test positive. Subsequently, they all went into quarantine. There has been no official update from either Capitals or the IPL about the tests and also about Wednesday’s match.

The Capitals cancelled their scheduled travel to Pune on Monday after the entire contingent was asked to go into in-room quarantine. The results of the rest of the Capitals’ contingent, which underwent fresh round of RT-PCR tests on Monday morning, are still awaited. The IPL is likely to take a call on when the team can travel to Pune after the tests reports are available.

Farhart had tested positive the day before Capitals played Royal Challengers at the Wankhede Stadium. Consequently, the IPL asked both teams to maintain social distancing and not mingle, like players and coaches do, after the match. Teams also avoided the customary post-game handshakes.

As per the IPL rules any person testing positive in the tournament bubble would need to isolate for a minimum of seven days. To re-enter the bubble, the person would need to return consecutive negative RT-PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.

If a franchise had multiple positive cases, the rule says the team can take the field with a minimum of 12 players, including seven Indians and one substitute. In the scenario where 12 players are not available then the IPL would take the final call, which would be binding.

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