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IPL 2021: Tim Seifert, Prasidh Krishna of Kolkata Knight Riders test COVID positive

The 2021 Indian Premier League has been postponed due to multiple COVID bubble breaches. Tim Seifert is a wicketkeeper-batsman from New Zealand who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders and is the third player from the side to test COVID positive, alongside India's Prasidh Krishna.

IPL 2021: Tim Seifert of Kolkata Knight Riders tests COVID positive, undergoes treatment in Chennai-ayh
Ahmedabad, First Published May 8, 2021, 11:12 AM IST
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The profitable Indian Premier League 2021 stands postponed currently due to numerous COVID bubble breaches of some of the franchise. Meanwhile, New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert of Kolkata Knight Riders is the latest addition to the list of IPL 2021 players testing COVID positive, along with Indian pacer Prasidh Krishna.

Seifert would not board the flight along with his other Kiwi members on their way back. He is expected to stay in Chennai, where he would undergo treatment and would only be allowed to return after testing negative.

According to a New Zealand Cricket release, Seifert failed both his pre-departure PCR tests, besides experiencing mild symptoms. At the same time, he had presented seven negative reports in the past ten days.

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"Once Seifert has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation and has tested negative for Covid-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation," the NZC statement read. He is the third KKR member to test COVID positive after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier.

"It's really unfortunate for Tim and we'll do everything for him that we can from this end, and hopefully, he will be able to test negative and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he's well again. Since receiving the news, we've organised support for Tim and have also - via the players association, been in contact with his family to ensure they're kept fully informed and updated on developments," said NZC CEO, David White.

As for Krishna, he is the fourth player from the side to be tested COVID positive. Currently, it remains unknown whether he is isolating himself in the IPL-designated medical facility or is back home in Bengaluru. He is also one of the standby players for India's ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand next month at Southampton and the following five Tests in England.

Krishna had a decent IPL 2021 campaign, claiming eight wickets in seven games at an economy of 9.16. Meanwhile, he would be hoping to recover before June 2, the day when India departs for the United Kingdom. Besides him, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan and Arzan Nagwaswalla are among the standby players.

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