After Marsh, Delhi teammate Seifert tests positive for COVID-19
After Marsh, Delhi teammate Seifert tests positive for COVID-19

After Marsh, Delhi teammate Seifert tests positive for COVID-19

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MUMBAI, April 20 (Reuters) – New Zealander Tim Seifert became Delhi Capital’s second overseas player to test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, prompting the organizers of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to move Friday’s match from Pune to Mumbai.

Delhi had reported five positive cases on Tuesday and there was uncertainty surrounding Wednesday’s match against the Punjab Kings, who eventually relaxed at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

“The decision to change the venue was taken as a precautionary measure after Delhi Capitals registered the sixth COVID case …” the IPL organizers said in a statement.

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Delhi captain Rishabh Pant said the team was determined to put their best foot forward despite the setbacks.

“It’s an unfortunate thing that happened to us,” Pant said on the pitch against Punjab at Brabourne Stadium.

“We will find our strength in each other and hopefully our players infected with COVID will have a good time.”

Delhi’s Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai and four members of their support staff are isolating themselves at a facility outside the team hotel. Read more

The entire 2020 edition of the IPL was held in the United Arab Emirates while the pandemic raged in India.

The UAE also hosted the second half of last year’s tournament following an outbreak of the virus in several team camps in the halfway stage of the league.

To minimize the risk of infection from air travel, the league phase of the 10-team competition has been limited to the western state of Maharashtra.

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Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Christian Radnedge

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