India player Karun Nair has successfully recovered from the COVID-19 and he is all set to travel with the Kings XI Punjab team to the UAE next week for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. According to ESPNcricinfo Karun Nair tested positive for the global pandemic novel coronavirus recently, but he has tested negative on August 8.
However, it is understood that the stylish batsman went into self-isolation for more than two weeks before clearing the COVID-19 test. Meanwhile, Karun Nair will now go through three further tests as part of the protocol the Kings XI Punjab franchise’s management has prepared for the contingent travelling to the UAE where the 13th edition of the cash-rich league will take place.
However, only those players who will clear the testing process can board the flight on August 20. Nair will be featured in a small group in Bengaluru that will board a charter flight that will pick up several players and staff from Delhi.
Notably, the dashing player has played 14 games for Kings XI Punjab across the 2018 and 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons where he has 306 runs in his kitty which also included two fifties that came at a strike rate of 134.80.
However, Karun Nair is the first renowned Indian cricketer to have had COVID-19. The global pandemic has severely affected not only India but also the entire world. India has reported more than 2 million positive cases so far which made the nation as the third-highest total globally after the USA and Brazil.
Moreover, this global pandemic has also led the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift the 2020 IPL season to the UAE from India. The tournament is also opening up a number of online waging options.
Notably, Nair is the second person who is associated with the IPL to have been affected by the deadly virus after Rajasthan Royals announced on Wednesday that their fielding coach Dishant Yagnik had been tested positive for the COVID-19.
However, the league has laid out rigorous, mandatory testing processes for everyone which included multiple tests and a week-long quarantine period after reaching the UAE before the teams can start their training. Also, as per the local government’s guidelines, any person entering the UAE should carry a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the previous 96 hours as well.