RCB all-rounder Daniel Sams has tested positive for Covid-19 in his second test after arriving in India. In an official statement, the Bengaluru-based franchise said that Sams had checked in the team's Chennai hotel with a negative report but was found to be positive in the 2nd Test, the result of which came on Wednesday.
"Official Statement: Daniel Sams checked into the team hotel in Chennai on April 3rd, with a negative COVID report on arrival. His report from the 2nd test on 7th April came positive. Sams is currently asymptomatic and he is currently in isolation at a designated medical facility," the RCB statement read.
Official Statement: Daniel Sams checked into the team hotel in Chennai on April 3rd, with a negative COVID report on arrival. His report from the 2nd test on 7th April came positive. Sams is currently asymptomatic and he is currently in isolation at a designated medical facility.— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 7, 2021
The Australian was traded to RCB from Delhi Capitals ahead of the IPL 2021 season.
Earlier, team's opener Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive for Covid-19 during his hotel quarantine.
"Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for COVID-19 on 22nd March 2021. He has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since then. Devdutt will be fit to join the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative, as per IPL protocol," RCB said in a statement on Sunday.
"RCB Medical team is in touch with Devdutt ensuring his safety and well-being. He is feeling well and we can’t wait to have him join the squad for IPL 2021," RCB had tweeted on April 4.
This is the 4th instance of an IPL 2021 player testing poitive for the coronavirus. Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel and KKR's Nitish Rana had also tested positive for Covid-19 after entering the mandatory 7-day hotel quarantine.
RCB can now miss the services of both Daniel Sams and Devdutt Padikkal in their starting few matches of the 14th edition which kickstarts with their clash against Mumbai Indians on April 9.
Covid-19 scare at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium
Around 10 groundsmen are reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
According to reports, there are 19 groundsmen who work at the Wankhede stadium and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), in the last week of March, had made their employees undergo the Covid-19 test. While three people tested positive for Covid-19 on March 26, in another round of tests, five more people were found to be positive for the virus on April 1. Two more groundsmen are reported to tested positive later.
Most of the groundsmen do not stay at the ground and commute daily, primarily using the local train. It is believed that the MCA is now planning to house the staff at the ground itself till the matches are over.
Although the Mumbai leg of the IPL matches are most likely to be played behind closed doors given the Covid situation in the city, this development has come as a scare for the BCCI. A total of 10 matches are to be played at the Wankhede stadium between April 10 and April 25.
Then first match at the Stadium will be played on April 10 between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).