The Indian Premier League(IPL) 2022 edition has recorded its first COVID-19 case as Delhi Capitals(DC) physio Patrick Farhart has tested positive. Farhat is being closely monitored by the medical team of the franchise. On Friday, the IPL issued a press release to confirm the first positive Covid-19 case of IPL 2022.
Delhi Capitals are concerned
Delhi Capitals have so far played 4 matches, winning two and losing two. They are currently 7th on the points table above Sunrisers Hyderabad, defending champions Chennai Super Kings and 5-time champions Mumbai Indians. Delhi Capitals next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday at the Wankhede in Mumbai.
IPL 2022 kickstarted with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on the last year’s runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium on March 26th.
The matches are being played across stadiums in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Pune with an audience occupancy rate of 25% as per COVID-19 protocols. 20 matches each are being held at Wankhede Stadium & DY Patil Stadium, 15 matches each at Brabourne and MCA International Stadium, Pune.
Last year the league was marred by COVID-19. It was played behind closes doors across a few venues in India but was suspended mid-way in May after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble. As many as 29 league matches following a spike in positive cases in the bio-bubble was suspended.
Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Wridhimman Saha and Amit Mishra had tested positive in 2021 – after the cases among players and support staff causes serious concerns. The remaining matches were then played in the UAE in September-October. The 2020 edition of the league was also played in the UAE.
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