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IPL: Tomorrow's CSK-RR game rescheduled after Balaji tests positive

BCCI awaits govt nod to move the match venue to Mumbai: Reports

sanju-samson-csk-iplt20-com [File] Sanju Samson plays a shot during IPL 2020 match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings | iplt20.com

The BCCI is in a fix as two non-playing staff, including bowling coach L Balaji, of Chennai Super Kings tested COVID positive. The outcome will force the BCCI to reschedule the match between CSK and Rajasthan Royals to be played in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

As per the Board's Standard Operating Procedure, anyone who has come in contact with an infected person has to undergo six days of hard quarantine and return three negative RT-PCR reports during the course of it.

Reports also suggest that the BCCI is mulling a change of venue of the CSK-RR match to Mumbai in view of the COVID situation in Bengaluru and Kolkata—the next stops for IPL matches, ANI reported. 

Apart from Balaji, a bus cleaner with the contingent also has tested positive. Balaji is asymptomatic. "Tomorrow's match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium between CSK and RR will be rescheduled as per SOP rules. As Balaji was in contact with the players, all of them have gone into hard quarantine. They are supposed to be tested everyday," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

As per the BCCI’s Covid protocols, everybody who has come in contact with him will have to undergo a six-day quarantine. 

This is the second IPL match to be rescheduled after Monday's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game was postponed owing to a couple of KKR players—Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier—testing positive.

Delhi is hosting Mumbai Indians vs SunRisers Hyderabad clash this evening.

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