Mitchell Marsh of the Delhi Capitals has tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to isolate for at least a week, according to IPL guidelines. Marsh is the third member of the Capitals group to test positive, following physio Patrick Farhart and a member of the support crew.
Mitchell Marsh was among the positive cases at the Delhi camp, it was revealed late on the Monday evening (April 18). Since a positive result in the morning’s Rapid Antigen test, the Australia all-rounder remained in isolation.
The BCCI’s RT-PCR test in the evening also came out positive and thus DC later issued a statement saying Marsh was admitted to a hospital. A few members of the support staff are on the positive list as well, but their names have not been released.
While the statement stated
“All remaining members of the bubble are currently in isolation in their respective rooms, and will be tested regularly.”
“Though they are all asymptomatic, their condition is being monitored closely by the franchise.”
It further added saying
“The Delhi Capitals medical team is closely monitoring Marsh’s condition,”
DC were scheduled to take on Punjab Kings (PBKS) on 20th April and were supposed to travel to pune on 18th. However, doubts emerged after team’s physio Patrick Farhart had earlier been isolated after testing positive.
Thus, the entire team went through Covid testing procedure and Marsh has now become the latest addition to the positive list. Provisions have been made in the IPL playing conditions to accommodate any unexpected Covid issues. In the Operational rules, shared with the teams, BCCI has mentioned that efforts will be made to reschedule a game. In Cases, where a team not being in a position to field 12 players.
Mitchell Marsh is set to miss DC’s clash against Punjab Kings, the match to take place in Mumbai instead of Pune
The match between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals on Wednesday will be played in Mumbai rather than Pune, assuming the Capitals pass RT-PCR testing the morning before the game. If the match cannot take place on April 20 as planned, the IPL will reschedule it.
After several members of the Capitals’ contingent tested positive for Covid-19, the IPL made the decision at a meeting on Tuesday.
The IPL announced that the match scheduled for Wednesday will be moved from the MCA stadium in Pune to Braborune Stadium.
“To avoid any further incident due to any undetected case during a long-distance bus journey in a closed environment.”
The IPL also revealed that the Capitals’ squad has five verified Covid-19 instances.
- Patrick Farhat (physiotherapist, tested positive on April 15)
- Chetan Kumar (massage therapist, tested positive on April 16)
- Mitchell Marsh (tested positive April 18)
- Abhijit Salvi (team doctor, tested positive April 18)
- Akash Mane (social-media content team member, tested positive on April 18).
According to the IPL, all members of the Capitals’ bubble have undergone four rounds of RT-PCR tests since April 16. Outside of those who tested positive, all members returned negative results in the most recent round, which was done on Tuesday morning. According to the protocol, all those who have tested positive must isolate for seven days and then return negative findings on the final two days before rejoining the bubble.