Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting has gone into isolation for five days after a family member tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, he missed Delhi’s encounter against Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium.
Ricky Ponting to be unavailable till 28th April
Ponting has twice tested negative since his family member’s positive test, but a statement from the franchise said that “in the best interest of the team, the management and medical team has decided that he will remain in isolation for five days”.
For the time being, Ricky Ponting’s absence is likely to only be for Friday’s game. With the Capitals’ next fixture only on April 28, against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede, Ricky Ponting is expected to join his support staff of Pravin Amre, James Hopes, Ajit Agarkar, Shane Watson, and others in time.
Delhi Capitals are the only IPL franchise whose camp was hit by a covid outbreak. Tim Seifert, the New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter, became the sixth member of the Capitals contingent to test positive on Wednesday after Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh, physio Patrick Farhart, and sports massage therapist Chetan Kumar, team doctor Abhijit Salvi, and social media content team member Akash Mane.
The first Covid-19 case in the Capitals camp emerged on April 15, when Farhart tested positive, and the next day, Chetan tested positive too. On April 18, team doctor Abhijit Salvi, a member of the Capitals’ social media team, and Marsh tested positive. As a result, the venue of DC’s fixture was changed twice from Pune to Mumbai.
• Ricky Ponting is under isolation after one of his family members tests positive.
• Delhi to miss his services till 28 April.