Cricketer Natarajan from Tamil Nadu of the Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) team of the Indian Premier League(IPL) has on Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus infection. He has been quarantined for 10 days
The IPL series which was halted due to COVID was resumed on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
The 33rd match of the series was scheduled to take place on Wednesday at the Dubai International Stadium.
The Delhi Capitals(DC) team which is in second place on the leaderboard with 12 points and the last-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad with two points were about to compete.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Natarajan, a Tamil Nadu player from the Hyderabad team, was confirmed to have a COVID infection, following which he has been quarantined. People who were in contact with Natarajan including Vijay Shankar(fellow player), Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar(Physiotherapist), Anjana (Doctor), Tushar Kethar (Logistics Manager) and Net practice bowler Ganesan were also quarantined as a precautionary measure.
All the players of the SRH were subjected to an RT PCR test in the early hours of Wednesday in which the results have shown negative. Hence, the match began at 7.30 pm as scheduled on Wednesday.
As per the IPL norms, Natarajan who had tested positive will be in quarantine for 10 days. On the ninth and tenth day of his quarantine period, He will again undergo a COVID test. He will be permitted to continue in the IPL matches only if he tests negative for COVID 19.
Natarajan who underwent surgery following a leg injury was able to participate in just two matches in the IPL that took place in India. Since he did not play for quite a long time, he did not play for the Indian team in the T20 World Cup. Natarajan has once faced a setback due to COVID 19.
It is noteworthy that Vijay Shankar and Periyasamy of the SRH team had travelled to Dubai from Mumbai on a private jet on September 1 whereas Natarajan had travelled on a passenger flight from Bengaluru on September 9.
All the players were subjected to a 6-days quarantine and corona tests at regular intervals after their arrival to the UAE. Natarajan seems to be asymptomatic now.