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A week before their first game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Delhi Capitals (DC) have suffered a big blow as their all-rounder Axar Patel has tested positive for COVID-19. As per ANI, the all-rounder is isolating.
Axar was in quarantine for the past few days and it isn't known how the all-rounder contracted the virus. As per the BCCI's protocols, he will have to isolate himself outside the bio-secure environment. The left-armer will only be allowed to join his teammates after he tests negative for the infection.
"During the 10-day isolation, the individual must rest and avoid any exercises. The team doctor should regularly monitor the case. If symptoms worsen during the course of isolation, the individual must be hospitalised immediately," the BCCI's SOP states, as per ANI.
Axar is the second player to test positive for the infection. Last month, Kolkata Knight Riders' opener Nitish Rana had also tested positive. As per the franchise, he checked into the team hotel with a negative report on March 21. He tested positive a day later. Nitish has now recovered from COVID-19 and will be joining his teammates soon.
As for Axar, the latest update is likely to rule him out of DC's opening game against Chennai Super Kings, on April 10. DC's second fixture is on April 15 and the all-rounder might be cleared to play that game if he recovers.
Axar had first joined Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 auction for Rs 5 crore. A regular in the playing XI, Axar played 14 matches in 2019 and 15 in 2020. He recently made his T20I comeback for the England series.
Meanwhile, the ANI's report adds that the ground staff at Wankhede Stadium has also tested positive for COVID-19. The stadium is slated to host 10 matches.