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IPL COVID Crisis: 'Out of Quarantine on May 6, Matches on May 7 and 8' - KKR CEO Updates from Bubble

KKR have suffered their first defeat of IPL 2021 (Pic Credit: IPL)

KKR have suffered their first defeat of IPL 2021 (Pic Credit: IPL)

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO and MD Venky Mysore gave updates about the happenings inside their bubble, inside which two COVID-19 cases emerged on Monday

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO and MD Venky Mysore gave updates about the happenings inside their bubble, inside which two COVID-19 cases emerged on Monday with Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive. Mysore said Varun is under the weather, but Sandeep is perfectly fine.

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“Difficult times, but I’m happy to report that both Varun and Sandeep are doing well," he told Star Sports. “We have taken all the precautions that are necessary and have been advised by the medical teams of IPL and KKR and also getting appropriate advice from outside on what the right thing to do is. Sandeep, in particular, is doing fine. No temperature, no other symptoms, and he is feeling good. Varun is still a little under the weather, but better than yesterday and both of them are in good spirits."

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Mysore said the team was proactive in handling the issue.

“I think everyone has been very proactive. We found out approximately 24 hours ago about Varun testing positive, so the immediate steps we took was to isolate him, and then later on in the night when we got test results which also involved Sandeep, we put them on a different floor with a different Air Conditioning ducts system to make sure others are appropriately protected. We have asked everybody in the bubble (players, support staff, management, hotel staff and service staff) to quarantine, so they are isolated in their rooms. The food delivery is on a knock and drop basis, which everyone has gotten used to by now.

“The whole idea right now is that it will take perhaps five days, and we are a little fortunate that we have a bit of a break right now because our next game is on the 8th of May (vs Delhi Capitals). So five days of quarantining starting yesterday would take us through the 6th of May, and we had already gotten into a protocol of daily testing. So the way it works is that the testing people are coming in and ensuring that the samples are taken well before people go to sleep, which is probably midnight or earlier. While they are sleeping, you know the next day they process the results, and by the time they wake up, we have the test results, so we know what to do in the event if there is something adverse that comes in. But other than Sandeep and, of course, Varun yesterday, everybody else, including hotel staff, everyone involved in the bubble, have all tested negative. So fingers crossed that will continue that way."

Mysore said they expect the players to be out of quarantine on May 6.

“The target completion date of this five day with this daily testing is the 6th of May," he said. “The team doctor was on the call as well, and his assessment is that if everything’s goes well, the plan that we have put in place, we should be able to get the results sometime later in the day on the 6th of May which means that potentially we could even get out that evening for a practice subject to what the coaches want to do and then get ready for 7th and 8th depending on when the rescheduled games would potentially take place.

“A huge thank you for the support. I think the way we are in the points table and the wins and losses certainly belies the potential of this team. But you know, you always look for positives, and there were a couple of games that should have gone our way but which didn’t. But if you reflect back to our last championship (in 2014). I don’t know if it is a coincidence or it is a good omen or what. Exactly after seven games, we had the same record (two wins and five losses) and we went on to win the championship.

“So there is plenty of cricket to be played, but I think the most important thing right now is the health and safety of all the concerned. I think if we get past this challenge that has come our way, we will do everything; that’s how we are prioritising it. First and foremost, if we are able to get past this, I think everybody will take the positives and reflect back on what we have done in the past and hopefully, you know, this would be an interesting inflection point in our campaign. So looking forward to that, but big thanks to all our supporters standing by us, and we are really privileged to have that kind of support."

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first published:May 03, 2021, 21:27 IST