IPL 2021 - Devdutt Padikkal links up with Royal Challengers Bangalore after testing negative for Covid-19

IPL 2021 – Devdutt Padikkal links up with Royal Challengers Bangalore after testing negative for Covid-19

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Trained with team on Wednesday evening, so he would have met all criteria required under the SOPs to be passed fit

Devdutt Padikkal, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 22 and had been quarantining at home since then, has travelled to Chennai and linked up with the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad after returning “negative reports for Covid-19 as per the BCCI’s protocols”.

Padikkal, 20, joined the Royal Challengers’ bubble on Wednesday after travelling by road from his home in Bengaluru. He then trained with the team on Wednesday evening, meaning he would have met all criteria required under the tournament’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be passed fit.*

The Royal Challengers said in a statement that the franchise’s medical team was “in constant touch with Devdutt to ensure his safety and well-being”.

In a video released by the team on Twitter, Padikkal said, “As per BCCI and IPL protocol, I had to quarantine at home for two weeks. Now I have joined the camp after two negative tests, and I am feeling completely fine now, and I just can’t wait to get back out there and join the RCB camp.”

ESPNcricinfo understands that all players who have tested positive need to get two clear tests in a row after quarantining for at least ten days, and then another test on arrival at the team hotel. They also need to clear some medical tests, like cardiac screening, and once those are completed, they can join the bubble directly. Since Padikkal attended training on Wednesday, it’s understood that he has passed those tests.

The Royal Challengers’ first game of IPL 2021 is the tournament opener against the Mumbai Indians in Chennai on April 9. Their second match is on April 14, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, also in Chennai. Padikkal is likely to be available for selection for the first game itself.

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