Delhi Capitals under quarantine following Covid scare
Delhi Capitals have been hit by a Covid outbreak scare and have cancelled today’s scheduled travel to Pune ahead of their next IPL 2022 game. The squad will remain quarantined in the rooms with door-to-door Covid-19 tests scheduled for today and tomorrow.
The team’s physio Patrick Farhart had earlier been isolated after testing positive. It is learnt that a player and a team masseur have now tested positive on the Rapid Antigen Test and will undergo further RT-PCR tests to confirm the result.
Amid the latest development there have been speculation about the possible rescheduling of the Capitals next match, against Punjab Kings on Wednesday (April 20). However, sources have said that the schedule remains unchanged. “We have not heard of any change in the programme and the situation in the Delhi camp is manageable right now,” said multiple sources. Delhi Capitals are to play two back-to-back games in Pune – against Punjab Kings on April 20 and Rajasthan Royals on April 22.
Provisions have been made in the IPL playing conditions to accommodate any unexpected Covid issues. In the Operational rules, shared with the teams, BCCI has mentioned that efforts will be made to reschedule a game in the event of a team not being in a position to field 12 players. If those attempts fail, the matter will be referred to a technical committee.
Relevant Playing Conditions:
Breach: “Unable to field a team for any match due to having less than 12 Players available – 11 in the playing XI (of which at least 7 must be Indian) plus 1 substitute fielder.”
Franchise: “BCCI, at its discretion, will attempt to reschedule the match for later in the season. If this is not possible, the issue will be referred to the IPL Technical Committee. The decision of the IPL Technical Committee will be final and binding.”