Chennai Super Kings donate 450 oxygen concentrator in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai Super Kings on Saturday pledged to donated 450 oxygen concentrators to the Tamil Nadu government which will help them in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

CSK director R Srinivasan handed over the oxygen concentrators to the state’s Chief Minister MK Stalin, with president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Rupa Gurunath also present.
 
Hospitals in several states have been complaining of shortage of oxygen for weeks which forced the Supreme Court on Saturday to form a 12-member national task force that would be tasked with formulating a methodology for the “scientific allocation of medical oxygen”.
 
 
“The people of Chennai and Tamil Nadu form the very heartbeat of the Super Kings and we want them to know that we are all together in this fight against the pandemic,” CSK CEO Mr KS Viswanathan said.
 
CSK were themselves hit hard by the virus after bowling and batting coaches L Balaji and Michael Hussey tested positive for Covid-19 in Delhi, earlier this week, which also contributed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision to suspend the IPL 2021 for an indefinite period.
 

Chetan Sakariya loses his father due to Covid-19.

Kanjibhai Sakariya, the father of Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Chetan Sakariya, died in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, on Sunday from Covid-19.

Kanjibhai had tested positive while his son was playing in IPL 2021, and is the second family member Sakariya has lost this year. Weeks before the IPL auction in February, his younger brother Rahul died by suicide.

Sakariya was bought by the Royals for INR 1.2 crore (USD 164,000 approx) and it was a good investment for them as the 23-year-old uncapped left-armer consistently impressed in the tournament before it was postponed.

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Sakariya, who took seven wickets in the suspended IPL 2021, had lost his brother in January this year. The young pacer was playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when his brother passed away.

Earlier this week, Indian women’s cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy had also lost her sister Vatsala to COVID-19. While the India all-rounder tested negative for coronavirus last month, she had indicated that her sister contracted COVID-19.

The India all-rounder had requested everyone to pray for her sister as she was battling with the virus. The past couple of days have been devastating for the Bengaluru-based cricketer as she lost her mother to COVID-19 in April.

Prasidh Krishna tests positive for Covid-19.

Prasidh Krishna is the latest from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to test positive for COVID-19.

Krishna, 25, made his India debut earlier this year in the ODI series against England in Pune and picked six wickets in three matches.

Chakravarthy and Warrier were the first two players to test positive for Covid-19 in the bubble not just from the Knight Riders camp but in the 2021 IPL, which was postponed indefinitely.

It later emerged that Wriddhiman Saha of the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Amit Mishra of the Delhi Capitals had also tested positive among players.

On Saturday, NZC announced that Seifert had also tested positive and would stay back in India before flying back to New Zealand.

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Krishna played seven games for the Knight Riders in the 2021 IPL, picking up eight wickets at an economy rate of 9.16. Krishna will hope to recover in time to be in a bubble with the Indian side, which is expected to leave for the UK on June 2.

Krishna, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan and Arzan Nagwaswalla were among the four standby players named by the selectors as part of the enlarged squad that will remain in the UK from June to September.