India's international fast bowler Prasidh Krishna has become the fourth player from the Kolkata Knight Riders camp to test positive for the coronavirus. Earlier, New Zealand's wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert, spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier, all from KKR, had returned positive results.
The development comes a day after Krishna has been included as a standby player for the upcoming ICC World Test Championship as well as the five-match Test series against England to be held in the UK starting June.
The 25-year-old is currently in home isolation in Bengaluru.
According to the BCCI source, both Krishna and Warrier contracted the virus from Chakravarthy during one of the training sessions. He said Krishna is Chakravarthy's close friend. "Prasidh, like all India players, left the bubble on May 3 after getting two negative results. However, on reaching Bengaluru he tested positive," the source told PTI.
The BCCI is hoping that by the time the UK-bound players enter the bio-bubble in India on May 25, Krishna will test negative. New Zealand's wicketkeeper-batsman Seifert is also in isolation in Ahmedabad from where he will go to Chennai for treatment at a private hospital.
Seifert failed both his pre-departure RT-PCR tests and "is experiencing moderate symptoms." The IPL was postponed indefinitely after the virus breached the bio-bubble and infected a number of players and support staff members.