Monday Apr 05, 2021
With Indian Premier League (IPL) just four days away, three players including Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Devdutt Padikkal have tested positive for Covid-19.
RCB confirmed the news on the popular social media site Twitter ahead of the event that will commence on Friday. They said Padikkal had returned a positive result before he was due to join the squad in the bio-secure bubble in Chennai.
"He has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since then," the team said in a statement.
"Devdutt will be fit to join the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative, as per IPL protocol."
Delhi Capitals spinner Axar Patel and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana tested positive for the virus after joining their teams.
Participants will have to stay in a restricted health environment for this year's IPL, which will be played across six venues in India, initially without spectators.
Bangalore are scheduled to face five-time champions Mumbai Indians in the season opener on Friday at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium.