New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert, who performs for Kolkata Knight Riders within the Indian Premier League (IPL), has examined constructive for COVID-19 and has been refused permission to board a repatriation flight from India to New Zealand.
Seifert was amongst a bunch of New Zealand gamers and assist employees from the suspended IPL who have been booked on a constitution flight to New Zealand on Saturday. He failed each his pre-flight checks and has been taken into quarantine, New Zealand Cricket mentioned in a press release.
Later within the day, bowler Prasidh Krishna examined constructive, bringing the tally of cricketers contracting COVID-19 within the KKR camp to 4.
Seifert, who has been enjoying for the Kolkata Knight Riders within the IPL, is experiencing average signs. He shall be handled whereas in quarantine and must return a unfavourable check earlier than being allowed to return to New Zealand, the place he faces an additional 14 days of managed isolation.
NZC chief govt David White mentioned Seifert had examined unfavourable seven instances up to now 10 days earlier than failing his pre-depature checks. White mentioned he’s assured the participant shall be effectively cared for whereas in quarantine.
“It’s actually unlucky for Tim and we’ll do every little thing for him that we will from this finish,” White mentioned. “Hopefully he’ll have the ability to check unfavourable and be cleared and accredited for discharge as quickly as he’s effectively once more.
“Since receiving the information we’ve organized assist for Tim and have additionally — through the Gamers Affiliation — been in touch along with his household to make sure they’re stored absolutely knowledgeable and up to date on developments.”
One in every of two flights carrying the New Zealanders residence has now left India however the different was delayed and can depart later Saturday. Gamers aboard each flights shall be examined in transit and must put on masks and social distance.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, teammates Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner and group physiotherapist Tommy Simsek, who’re hoping to fly to England on Tuesday, have been transferred from the India capital Delhi to the Maldives whereas they await their outward flight.
The 4 will isolate in England earlier than becoming a member of the New Zealand group for its two-Take a look at sequence in opposition to England and for the World Take a look at Championship last in opposition to India. The New Zealand-based members of the group will fly to England subsequent week.
The choice to switch the group to the Maldives adopted recommendation their departure from Delhi may be delayed.