Mumbai. Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, representing the Delhi Capitals team, came Kovid-19 positive in the rapid antigen test report. After this a mandatory RT-PCR test was done, whose report came negative. The IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings is to be held on Wednesday. However, now after Marsh’s test report comes negative, there is no threat to this match and it will be held on time.
It can also be confirmed that except physio Patrick Farhart, all the members of the team have come negative in the RT-PCR test. Farhart is in isolation after being infected with the corona virus. An official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday,Mitchell Marsh The RT-PCR report of is negative. The RT-PCR report is considered conclusive.
The official further said, ‘Other than Marsh, all other members have also been tested negative for RT-PCR. There is no threat to Wednesday’s match between Delhi and Punjab. The 30-year-old Marsh played a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 16 April at the Wankhede Stadium. Marsh had scored 14 runs in that match.
Earlier, after showing symptoms of this disease in Marsh, more rapid antigen test was done which came positive. This could also be because he was undergoing rehabilitation under Farhart’s guidance and had mild symptoms that did not turn out to be dangerous. Earlier, a BCCI source said, “Delhi Capitals were to travel to Pune today, but all the team members have been asked to stay in their respective rooms. RT PCR is being done to find out whether there is any outbreak of Kovid-19 in the team or it is the only case like Patrick Farhart.
The masseur of the team also had symptoms of Kovid-19 but the result of the investigation was negative. The source said, ‘All the players of the team are staying in the hotel in Pune, where the BCCI has created a bio-bubble. Delhi Capitals was supposed to travel, but now it has been delayed. Obviously, those whose report will be negative in the investigation, they will go on further journey on Tuesday.
As per BCCI’s testing protocol, every member of the IPL team is tested every 5th day in the team bubble. In the last session though, it used to be every third day. Franchisees can also get their members tested. A source in the Delhi team had said in the morning, “We were supposed to leave from here today (Monday), but have been asked to stay in the room till further notice.”
The cases of Kovid-19 have started increasing outside the IPL bio-bubble. The risk of virus has also increased inside the bio-bubble. In the last season, the tournament had to be postponed amid the second wave of Corona virus. It was completed in the UAE in September-October.