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SRH pacer T Natarajan tests COVID-19 positive ahead of match against Delhi Capitals

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In a major blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the team’s key pacer T Natarajan on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19. The team is currently at the bottom of the points table.

Despite the development, the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will go ahead as planned later during the day at the Dubai International Stadium in the UAE.

SRH captain Kane Williamson and the team management have a tough task to field a balanced team against Delhi Capitals tonight as all-rounder Vijay Shankar will also not be available for selection.

Statement by IPL

In a statement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, “Sunrisers Hyderabad player T Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19 at a scheduled RT-PCR test. The player has isolated himself from the rest of the squad. He is currently asymptomatic.”

“The medical team has identified the below mentioned six close contacts of the player, who have also been placed in isolation: Vijay Shankar – Player, Vijay Kumar – Team Manager, Shyam Sundar J – Physiotherapist, Anjana Vannan – Doctor, Tushar Khedkar – Logistics Manager, and  Periyasamy Ganesan – Net Bowler.”

The statement further adds, “The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5 am local time this morning and the test reports are negative. As a result, tonight’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will go ahead at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.”

 

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