Covid has breached the IPL bubble by expressing concern for the health of Australians Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting, who may have been infected with the virus by teammates.
The worst fear in the IPL was realized when Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier both tested positive.
Both Sandeep and Varun have been isolated from squad.
Monday night’s match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata has been postponed.
Chakraborty’s result came back positive on Sunday night and despite behind-the-scenes efforts to manage the game, it didn’t move forward.
It is said that the bowler has left the biosecurity bubble to do a scan in recent days.
Cummins and his teammates will be left out and it is unknown when they will be able to play.
The biggest concern was the gap between the test and the result and it is assumed that the bowler was mixing with other members of the squad at that time.
The double mutant version of the virus, which has spread widely in different parts of India, is much more contagious than the previous incarnation.
Cummins had earlier given a grant of $50,000 to help Indians battling the epidemic, which has become stronger than anywhere else in the country. A further 400,000 positive cases have been found in the recent 24-hour period, and the death rate, which is officially close to 3,500 per day, is considered to be much higher than reported.
Australian spinner Adam Zampa, who left the tournament last week, criticized the IPL’s biosecurity system, saying he did not feel safe, but had no concerns that others were publicly promoting it.
The IPL steering committee increased the frequency of exams and banned the supply of food from outside last week.
The positive test is a disaster for the IPL, which has faced criticism for managing the tournament amid a humanitarian crisis.
This will be a further blow for Australians in India who try to return to the country before May 15 they will face imprisonment and an unknown future after that date.