Tim Seifert tests positive for Covid-19.

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KKR’s Tim Seifert tests positive for Covid-19, to be treated in Chennai before flying home

Seifert had joined the Knight Riders as a replacement for the injured USA bowler Ali Khan during IPL 2020. He was retained ahead of the auction in February this year but did not get a game in IPL 2021.

Seifert becomes the third player from the KKR camp to have contracted the virus in the now-postponed IPL 2021, after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier.

As per New Zealand Cricket’s statement, Seifert failed both his pre-departure RT-PCR tests and is currently experiencing “moderate symptoms”. The statement also noted that he had “returned seven negative tests in the 10 days leading up to his pre-departure protocols”.

The wicket-keeper-batsman is expected to be transferred to Chennai for treatment, in the same private hospital where former Australia cricketer and Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey has been staying since testing positive for COVID-19.

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Once Seifert serves the statutory period of isolation and tests negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will serve the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation.
One of the two charter flights transporting New Zealand’s IPL contingent back home has already departed India, and the other will leave this evening (NZ time) after being delayed for logistical reasons.

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