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Rajasthan Royals’ fielding coach tests COVID-19 positive


Even before the already delayed IPL could begin, Rajasthan Royals’ fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19. Rajasthan Royals informed that Dishant is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in Udaipur. He has been admitted in a hospital for the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Team expected to arrive in Mumbai next week

Rajasthan Royals said Dishant tested positive for coronavirus during an ‘extra’ test that was recommended to its players and support staff. The franchise is expecting its team members to arrive in Mumbai next week. Post that, they will depart for the UAE for IPL 2020.

Dishant can join the team after two negative test reports

“Post 14 days, Dishant will be undergoing two tests as per the protocols of BCCI. On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self-isolating for 6 days and receive 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE,” the Rajasthan Royals said in a statement.

Dishant tweeted about his viral infection

The fielding coach took to social media and informed that he will be in isolation for 14 days. Dishant said he is looking forward to joining the IPL 2020 action in the UAE.

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Before taking up coaching roles, Dishant, 37, represented Rajasthan at the domestic level. He played 50 first-class matches, 41 List A and 56 T20Is between 2004 and 2017.

BCCI’s stringent SOP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in its 16-page Standard Operating Procedure, had recommended the COVID-19 test for players and support staff in the week before assembling in their city of choice.

After two successful COVID-19 PCR tests, 24 hours apart, players will be allowed to fly to the UAE. Players will be put up in hotels in the UAE and will be in quarantine. During this time, they will give 3 more COVID-19 tests over 6 days.

No player affected

In its statement, Rajasthan Royals confirmed that no IPL player of the team or other teams was in close proximity with Dishant over the last 10 days. The Royals also requested people who were in close proximity to Dishant in the last 10 days to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

“We wish Dishant a speedy recovery and look forward to him joining the Royals camp soon in the UAE,” the Royals said.


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