The increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases has been a huge cause for concern ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2021. Various positive cases have been reported among the broadcast team, groundsmen, content team, coaching staff and even the players. The latest person to return a positive test is Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Daniel Sams.
Sams was acquired from the Delhi Capitals (DC) during the trade window along with Harshal Patel. The Aussie international was not able to get much games with his former team and RCB seemed like the right switch for him. Although he is likely to feature for the side this season, his participation in at least the initial part of the season is now in doubt after the positive test which was reported today.
Royal Challengers Bangalore release statement on Daniel Sams
Royal Challengers Bangalore released an official statement today about Sams’ positive test. They wrote, “Daniel Sams checked into the team hotel in Chennai on April 3rd, with a negative COVID report on arrival. His report from the 2nd test on 7th April came positive. Sams is currently asymptomatic and he is currently in isolation at a designated medical facility.“
“Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel Sams and continue to monitor his health and abide by the BCCI protocols,” RCB added.
The positive test in the RCB camp is the second after opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive for the virus in late March. Further, Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana had also returned a positive result.
RCB open their IPL 2021 campaign on the 9th of April against Mumbai Indians in Chennai.