New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert tests positive for COVID-19 in India.
Seifert, who represented the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2021, is reported to have failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and as a result has been taken into quarantine.
Following the development, Black Caps batsman missed his charter flight carrying New Zealand’s other Indian Premier League players, support staff, and commentators back home.
As being reported, Seifert is currently awaiting transfer to Chennai, where he will be treated in the same private hospital in which former Australia player Michael Hussey staying since testing positive for coronavirus earlier in the week.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has issued a statement saying that the keeper-batsman is experiencing moderate symptoms.
NZC chief executive David White said that Seifert had returned seven negative tests in the 10 days leading up to his pre-departure protocols, and was confident he would be receiving the best of care from his franchise.
“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,” White 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.”
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 has to undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation.