The IPL 2022 clash between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings on Wednesday (April 20) has been moved to Brabourne Stadium given the Covid situation in the Capitals’ camp.
DC vs PBKS Clash Shifts to Brabourne Stadium
As per IPL 2022 schedule, Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings are scheduled to play the 32nd league match of IPL 2022 on April 20 in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
IPL Official statement reads: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced a change of venue for Match No. 32 – Delhi Capital versus Punjab Kings from MCA Stadium, Pune to Brabourne – CCI scheduled on April 20th, 2022, to avoid any further incident due to any undetected case during a long-distance bus journey in a closed environment.
The change of venue has been triggered due to five COVID-19 positive cases in the Delhi Capitals contingent.
1. Mr. Patrick Farhat – Physiotherapist (tested positive on April 15th)
2. Mr. Chetan Kumar – Sports Massage Therapist (tested positive on April 16th)
3. Mr. Mitchell Marsh – Player (tested positive on April 18th)
4. Dr. Abhijit Salvi – Team doctor (tested positive on April 18th)
5. Mr. Akash Mane – Social Media Content team member (tested positive on April 18th)
The COVID-positive cases are under isolation and medical observation. They will be tested on Day 6 and 7 and subject to both the tests being negative they will be re-integrated into the Delhi Capitals bio-secured bubble.
From April 16th onwards, the entire Delhi Capitals contingent has been put under a daily RT-PCR testing procedure. The 4th round of RT-PCR tests conducted on April 19th has returned negative.
The Delhi Capitals contingent will undergo another round of RT-PCR testing on the morning of April 20th.
The Punjab Kings team, which was to travel to Pune for the game, has also stayed put in Mumbai and have a practice session scheduled for Tuesday evening.
A point of significance is that DC are also scheduled to play a game in Pune on April 22 against Rajasthan Royals. It will have to be seen if the BCCI will move that game too. “We don’t have information on this,” said a Delhi official.
“The Delhi Capitals contingent will undergo another round of RT-PCR testing on the morning of April 20th,” the BCCI said.