Vaughan criticizes BCCI after T Natarajan's Covid-19 contraction, says IPL 2021 won't get cancelled

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed the BCCI for failing to postpone the IPL match between SRH and DC after one of the players, T Natarajan, tested positive for the coronavirus. As the news leaked, the game’s fate hung in the balance, but BCCI confirmed that it would go on. Vaughan’s comments came in the wake of the Indian team’s refusal to participate in the fifth Test match against England at Old Trafford after a number of support staff members, including coach Ravi Shastri, acquired the infection.

T Natarajan of the Sunrisers Hyderabad has tested positive for COVID-19, but the team’s IPL match against the Delhi Capitals on Wednesday went as planned. Natarajan, a left-arm bowler returning from knee surgery, has been segregated, along with six intimate contacts, including out-of-favour India all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

Natarajan tested positive with COVID-19 after a routine RT-PCR test. The player has been quarantined from the rest of the team. Currently, he is symptom-free ,according to a BCCI press statement,”The rest of the contingent, including close contacts, had RT-PCR testing done this morning at 5 a.m. local time, and the results were negative.”

“As a result, tonight’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Stadium will go forward,” the statement continued. Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager), and Periyasamy Ganesan are among the medical team’s close contacts (Net Bowler).