The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is round the corner and the buzz has already started. As the franchises gear up to leave the country, Kings XI Punjab has received a massive boost. Batsman Karun Nair has recovered from COVID-19 and will travel with the side to the UAE.
Meanwhile, Punjab suffered a massive blow after Karun tested COVID-19 positive. It could have easily sloshed his hopes for featuring in IPL 2020. However, on August 8 (Saturday), he was tested negative for the deadly virus, much to his relief.
Karun Nair recovers from COVID-19
A report in ESPN Cricinfo states that Karun Nair has cleared the COVID-19 test after being in self-isolation for two weeks. However, as per BCCI’s protocol, Nair will have to undergo three more tests after which he could board the flight on Thursday, August 20. After clearing the tests, he can be a part of the players and support staffs in Bangalore, who will fly to UAE from there.
Meanwhile, Karun is the second person associated with IPL to test COVID-19 positive. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik tested positive. He will now to have to remain in quarantine and follow BCCI’s protocol before joining the side in the UAE.
The batsman from Karnataka, Karun Nair has been a part of the Kings XI Punjab set-up since 2018. He has scored 306 runs in 14 matches at a decent strike-rate of 134.80. The management will be hoping that the 28-year-old remain in good touch and Kings XI chase their first IPL trophy.
Meanwhile, BCCI had to shift IPL 2020 out of India owing to the present situation. This is the second time when an entire IPL will take place outside the country after 2009. The franchises will leave for the UAE after August 20.
The cash-rich league will start from September 19 and will run until November 10. Mumbai Indians will defend the title in the UAE.