The Delhi Capitals players and support staff were spotted wearing face masks in their dugout at Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday as they faced the Punjab Kings in IPl 2022 Game 32. The players and support staff were following Covid-19 protocols after positive cases. emerged from their side ahead of the crucial game.
Head coach Ricky Ponting as well as the dugout players were spotted wearing dugout masks after Delhi won the toss and opted to go bowling. Players and support staff were following Covid protocols after testing negative in RT-PCR tests carried out on match day.
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Punjab Kings player Sandeep Sharma along with head coach Anil Kumble and a few other support staff also wore masks in their dugout.
While IPL 2022 started on a high note with no pre-season Covid-19 cases, reports of as many as 6 positive cases in the Delhi camp have become cause for concern. It was good to see masks flipping the dugout even though players and support staff are following strict bio-bubble protocols in Mumbai and Pune – the only 2 host cities for IPL 2022.
Mitchell Marsh has become the first Delhi Capitals player to test positive for Covid-19. He was hospitalized on Monday after the Delhi Capitals confirmed that a few other camp members had also returned positive tests for the virus. They were originally scheduled to face PBKS at MCA Stadium in Pune but their trip was canceled and the match was moved to Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
However, there was uncertainty over whether the match would go as planned after Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 on match day. Much to the relief of the franchise and other stakeholders, BCCI has confirmed that all other members of the Delhi Capitals camp tested negative in RT-PCR tests conducted on Wednesday.
Delhi’s match against Rajasthan Royals, scheduled for Friday, April 222, has also been moved from MCA Pune to Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Shedding light on their hampered preparation ahead of Wednesday’s game, Ricky Ponting conceded they didn’t have ideal preparation ahead of the big game.
“The preparations weren’t perfect and I spoke to the group about the two options we have – dragging our butts or taking the positives and realizing we’re here for a big tournament with a big franchise,” did he declare.