Exclusive: Understandable panic among overseas KKR players; governing board monitoring situation

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03 May 2021 | 02:20 PM
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Exclusive: Understandable panic among overseas KKR players; governing board monitoring situation

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah, and IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel have had a lengthy discussion on the same as well.

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After Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for COVID-19, the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders was postponed. But few overseas players from the KKR camp are in panic mode. It got to a point with team owner Shah Rukh Khan’s personally getting in touch with the players and management while team director Venky Mysore monitoring the progress. 

Cricket.com understands that even though the franchise has now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases within the bubble, few overseas players are panicking over the situation.

With Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley stating that there are no plans of arranging a chartered flight to bring Australians back to their country, few Australia players have discussed the same with Mysore, who has assured every of the highest level of co-operation for their safe transit post IPL. 

IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel was unavailable for a statement but a source, privy to the development, confirmed to Cricket.com that the BCCI is on their toes to find the best possible solution while averting a PSL-like scenario where they would have to postpone the tournament. 

The official stated that it was wrong to presume that the KKR case was a breach in bio-bubble, for the players used the regulated ‘Green Channel’ to be tested in the hospital facility. The players, however, were not in quarantine, thus bringing questions to the sanity of the bio-bubble.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah, and IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel have had a lengthy discussion on the same as well. A consensus has been made to crank up the protocols inside the bio-bubble, including the green channel movement.  The show, as has been decided, will go on as planned. 

 

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