In a major blow to the Delhi Capitals ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021), India all-rounder Axar Patel on Saturday tested positive for coronavirus.
All the players participating in IPL 2021 have to quarantine for 7 days in their hotel rooms before they can start training outdoors for the T20 tournament starting April 9.
Delhi Capitals, in a statement, have confirmed that Axar Patel has tested positive for COVID-19: “He had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on March 28 with a negative report. His report from 2nd COVID test came positive. He is in isolation at a designated medical care facility.”
Notably, Axar is the second IPL player after Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana who has tested coronavirus positive. As per the norms laid down by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), a player who tests coronavirus positive “must isolate in the designated area outside the bio-secure environment for a minimum of 10 days from the first day of symptoms or the date of collection of the sample which resulted in a positive RT-PCR report, whichever is earlier”.
Axar was in the middle of his mandatory quarantine period before testing positive and will be in isolation now for a minimum of 10 days.
Notably, Axar enjoyed a memorable Test debut against England picking 27 wickets in three Tests. He also played in a solitary T20I of the five-match series against the same team before leaving the bubble ahead of the ODI series.
Axar was also part of a solitary T20I of the five-match series against the same team before leaving the bubble ahead of the ODI series.