Kolkata Knight Riders and India fast bowler Prasidh Krishna has tested positive for COVID-19. He became the fourth player from Kolkata Knight Riders after Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert in IPL 2021 to test positive for COVID-19. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed that the pacer has tested COVID-19 positive.
The 25-year-old is among the four players (Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla) kept on standby by the BCCI for the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand and also for the series against England.
Krishna made his debut in the One-day international series against England and impressed everyone by picking up four wickets on his debut becoming the first Indian to do so. He will have to recover in the next couple of weeks to enter the bubble of the Indian team that will be travelling to England later this month.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra had tested positive on Tuesday. The results of these two players turned out to be the final nail in the coffin for IPL 2021 as BCCI decided to indefinitely suspend the tournament. Meanwhile, L. Balaji and Michael Hussey also tested positive in Chennai Super Kings camp. With more cases emerging from IPL 2021 bio bubble, BCCI made the right decision to stop the tournament.
BCCI is looking for a window to resume the season, possibly after they host the T20 World Cup in October. Various options are being explored by the BCCI, the front-runner for the contingency is the United Arab Emirates. However, some English counties and Sri Lanka have offered to host the remainder of the IPL 2021 in September this year. Since the cricket calendar is jam-packed throughout 2021, it will be difficult for BCCI to find a window to have all players available for other franchises.