IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals players and support staffs spotted wearing face masks

On Wednesday, while playing Punjab Kings in IPl 2022 Match 32 at the Brabourne Stadium, Delhi Capitals players and support staff were spotted wearing face masks in their dugout. After positive cases emerged from their camp in the lead up to the crunch game, the players and support staff were following the Covid-19 protocols.

After Delhi won the toss and chose to bowl, head coach Ricky Ponting and players in the dugout were seen wearing masks in the dugout. After testing negative in RT-PCR tests conducted on matchday, players and support staff followed the Covid protocols.

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Punjab Kings player Sandeep Sharma, head coach Anil Kumble, and a few other members of the support crew were all wearing masks.

While the IPL 2022 season started off on a bright note with no Covid-19 cases reported in the lead-up to the season, rumours of as many as six positive cases in the Delhi camp have raised concerns. Even though the players and support personnel in Mumbai and Pune — the only two host cities for IPL 2022 — are following stringent bio-bubble regulations, it was good to see masks return to the dugout.

Mitchell Marsh became the first Delhi Capitals player to be declared Covid-19 positive. On Monday, he was admitted to the hospital after the Delhi Capitals revealed that a few other members of the camp had tested positive for the illness. They were supposed to play PBKS at the MCA Stadium in Pune, but their trip was cancelled, and the game was rescheduled for the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

However, after Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 on matchday, there was some doubt about the match going on as planned. The BCCI verified that all other members of the Delhi Capitals camp tested negative in RT-PCR testing conducted on Wednesday, much to the relief of the franchise and other stakeholders.

The match between Delhi and Rajasthan Royals has been rescheduled for Friday, April 22nd, from the MCA in Pune to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Ricky Ponting admitted they did not have perfect preparation in the lead up to Wednesday’s encounter, shedding light on their hindered preparation.

“The preparations haven’t been perfect and I addressed the group about the two options we have – drag our backsides around or take the positives and realise that we are here for a big tournament with a great franchise,” he said.