Rajasthan Royals are gearing up for the 13th edition of the IPL which is going to take place in UAE from November 19. However, bad news has hit them just a week before they were supposed to depart for UAE for the IPL 2020.
It’s a great relief for everyone that IPL 2020 is finally taking place. Though the destination has changed for the 13th edition of IPL, people associated with it are happy for the fact that it was not cancelled. COVID-19 has changed many things and the authorities have to take everything into account to ensure the safety of everyone.
Taking the tournament abroad adds a lot of logistical burden as well. With their campaign all set to fly to UAE in a week, Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Rajasthan Royals would like to inform that their fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19. The test was undertaken keeping in mind that the team members need to assemble in Mumbai next week for their flight to the UAE. The franchise implemented an extra test for all players, support staff and management travelling to the UAE in addition to the two tests recommended by BCCI, to ensure as robust a process as possible,” the franchise said in a media release.
No players have been in close proximity to Dishant: Rajasthan Royals
With IPL 2020 is just over a month away, this is the first case of someone associated with the league testing positive for Coronavirus. This is nothing but a precautionary alarm for the authorities and franchises who really need to step up and do everything possible to ensure the safety of players and support staff while they are travelling.
“Dishant is currently in his hometown Udaipur and has been advised to get admitted to hospital for his 14-day quarantine. Post 14 days, Dishant will be undergoing two tests as per the protocols of BCCI. On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self-isolating for 6 days and receiving 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE,” the release added.
Rajasthan Royals has suggested everyone who has been in close contact with Dishant in the last 10 days to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. The franchise also mentioned in the statement that no players have been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days.
After this incident, all the franchises will be extra careful with their players and support staff. No franchise can afford to lose players or support staff just when they are going to fly to UAE for the training campaigns.