Indian cricketer Karun Nair has completely recovered from COVID 19. The news is a massive boost for Kings XI Punjab team as they can now utilize his services in IPL 2020.
The talented middle order player is a vital cog in Kings XI Punjab batting set up. His versatility to play across the middle order is an important aspect for Punjab’s winning chances. On the other hand, the addition of Glenn Maxwell will definitely strengthen their middle order.
Karun Nair was initially tested positive for COVID last month. However, the 28-year old remained asymptomatic throughout his quarantine period. A covid test on August 8 returned negative result. The team management are now planning to take Karun Nair to UAE next week.
“He is absolutely fine now. He was asymptomatic throughout and was feeling okay. His test came negative after two weeks and he has even resumed personal training. Now, he will be tested like all other squad members before the team leaves for UAE,” the source said.
He is expected to take part in team training before the team flies to UAE probably next week. Karun Nair is fondly remembered for his triple hundred against England in 2016-17 season. He then became the second Indian cricketer ever to achieve this feat.
He is part of Punjab set up since 2018 and has been a main stay in their middle order. Nair also plays alongside KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, as all of them play for Karnataka in domestic circuit.
Under the leadership of KL Rahul this season, Kings XI Punjab are looking much stronger than last year. However, they remain one of the three teams to not win the IPL so far since 2008.
BCCI sent SOP to all franchises
The corona pandemic has brought world to a virtual stand still. The virus outbreak has effected many countries in the most unimaginable way and sports are no exception.
However, with Corona subsiding considerably in Europa, England paved way for the first international test series against West Indies. Currently, CPL 2020 is also set to be played this weekend.
So, a clear set of instructions in SOP are defined and passed onto the franchises. As part of precautions, the board has decided to appoint a team doctor to each franchise. This will ensure that the doctor monitors the health of each person in the squad.
All the teams also will undergo a mandatory six day quarantine period once they reach UAE. IPL 2020 will be played from September 18 to November 10 this year in three cities- Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.