Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsman Tim Seifert on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 just before his departure. New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman will now stay back in India instead of travelling back to his country.
All the New Zealand players, including coaching staff, and commentators departed for the country after testing negative for COVID-19. Only Seifert stayed back and is currently under isolation in Ahmedabad until he tests negative too.
“It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything for him that we can from this end, and hopefully he will be able to test negative, and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he’s well again,” David White, New Zealand Chief Executive, said.
“Since receiving the news, we’ve organized support for Tim and have also – via the players association, been in contact with his family to ensure they’re kept fully informed and updated on developments,” he added.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) stated that Seifert failed both the mandatory tests before the departure from India. He is currently showing moderate symptoms despite passing seven out of ten COVID-19 tests.
“Once Seifert has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation and has tested negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation,” the NZC statement added.
Seifert also becomes the third KKR player to test positive after Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy. Players & staff of the other teams also tested positive, leading to the suspension of the tournament indefinitely.
He will now fly to Chennai for treatment in a private hospital where CSK’s batting coach Michael Hussey stayed.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, and physio Tommy Simsek are currently under bio-bubble in Delhi. They have now moved to Maldives and will then depart for UK on May 11 for the England series and WTC finals.