In another sad news ahead of the start of IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer Daniel Sams has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the second Bangalore cricketer after young opener Devdutt Padikkal to suffer from the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, BCCI has been marred with COVID cases leading to the tournament. After Nitish Rana, Axar Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, a couple of ground staffs at the Wankhede Stadium also tested positive for COVID-19. Yesterday, the wicket-keeping consultant and talent scout of Mumbai Indians – Kiran More also tested positive; however, the reports of the rest of the Mumbai Indians squad came negative.
Daniel Sams tested COVID-19 positive
The all-rounder, who was traded from Delhi Capitals to Royal Challengers Bangalore joined the squad in Chennai on April 3 with a negative report. However, he has tested positive earlier today and has been isolated from the entire squad. He is asymptomatic and is currently being treated by the medical team.
Daniel Sams checked into the team hotel in Chennai on April 3rd, with a negative COVID report on arrival. His report from the 2nd test on 7th April came positive. Sams is currently asymptomatic and he is currently in isolation at a designated medical facility,” RCB said in a statement.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel Sams and continue to monitor his health and abide by the BCCI protocols,” the franchise added.
Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel Sams and continue to monitor his health and abide by the BCCI protocols.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 7, 2021
Daniel Sams played three matches for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020; however, returned wicketless. He will look to return to action as soon as possible and live up to the trust shown by the RCB management.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will play in the IPL 2021 season opener on April 9 against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The tournament will be played across six venues with no home matches for any team and will take behind closed doors keeping the coronavirus pandemic into consideration.