Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting will be missing the IPL fixture against Rajasthan Royals on Friday after one of his family member, staying with him at the team hotel, tested positive for COVID-19.
He has been isolated from the rest of the squad, while other members have tested negative. The BCCI officials have indicated that the game will go ahead as per schedule.
“Ponting himself has tested negative twice subsequently. However, in the best interest of the team, the management and medical team has decided that he will remain in isolation for five days, as he was a close contact. He will, therefore, not be present at the ground for tonight’s game against Rajasthan Royals. The franchise requests for Ponting and his family’s privacy to be respected in the current scenario,” the club said in a statement.
The Capitals are already struggling with a COVID outbreak within the squad. Six members of the club, including players Mitchell Marsh and Tim Seifert, are down with COVID-19.