New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman, Tim Seifert, who was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign, has tested positive for Covid-19. Seifert was to leave for New Zealand but was unable to board the flight home because of his positive coronavirus test.
The player has been asked to quarantine and will be shifted to Chennai in an air ambulance, just like a few other Covid-positive people from the IPL were, for further treatment.
“Seifert, who represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and as a result will be taken into quarantine. Immediate advice is that he is experiencing moderate symptoms,” the NZC statement said.
Seifert faces a difficult time as he would need to go through tough periods of quarantine both in India and in New Zealand. The NZC confirmed the same in the statement issued.
“Once Seifert has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation and has tested negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation,” the statement further added.
Seifert seems to have infected himself after two KKR players — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — had tested positive for the virus. The duo’s covid-positive report was only the start of a string of infection within the T20 league that saw the entire tournament being suspended.