Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams has joined the bio-bubble of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad after testing negative for COVID-19.
The all-rounder tested positive for COVID-19 on April 7, giving a major blow to the franchise. He had initially returned a negative result for the test on April 3 when he joined the squad in Chennai. However, following BCCI’s rules, he underwent subsequent test and returned a positive result.
“We are pleased to inform that Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Daniel Sams is out of quarantine and has joined the RCB bio-bubble today with two consecutive negative reports for COVID-19,” RCB management informed in a statement on Saturday.
“RCB medical team was in constant touch with Sams and has declared him fit to join the team after adhering to all the BCCI protocols.”
Sams, whom RCB roped in after trading with Delhi Capitals this season, is the second RCB player to test positive for COVID-19 and recover. Although, he was asymptomatic. Earlier, Devdutt Padikkal also tested positive for the virus and missed the RCB games due to self-isolation. However, the opener has now rejoined the squad after completing the quarantine period.
BCCI has directed all the members participating in the tournament to undergo a minimum 10-day isolation period if found infected with COVID-19.
“During the 10-days isolation, the individual will be tested on Day 9 and Day 10. Two consecutive negative RT-PCR test results taken 24 hours apart, full resolution of symptoms, no fresh symptoms for more than 24 hours and no use of medications for more than 24 hours are mandatory for re-entry into the Bio-Secure Environment,” BCCI’s standard operating procedure (SOP) states.
After winning both the games they have played till now this season, RCB is all set to lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday.