Khaleel was in his resort room in Delhi when one of many members of the SRH staff administration knocked on his door and requested him to remain inside and anticipate additional directions. After a while, there was one other knock on the door and the message was ‘pack your luggage, it’s a must to return house.’
This was after Wriddhiman Saha of SRH examined constructive on the identical day that SRH have been presupposed to play MI.
“I used to be in my room and I used to be knowledgeable that somebody from our staff has examined constructive. We have been all requested to stay in our rooms and anticipate additional directions from the BCCI. After a while, the BCCI protocols checklist got here in and we have been requested to pack our luggage and depart for house. BCCI and the franchise requested us to achieve house safely. This was the very first thing they conveyed to us. We are going to anticipate additional directions from the administration,” Khaleel instructed Timesofindia.com in an unique interview.
The IPL was suspended indefinitely by the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday after a number of COVID-19 instances got here to gentle amongst gamers and assist workers, throughout groups.
As TOI reported earlier, the dreaded virus travelled from the KKR camp to the DC camp, as Sandeep Warrier appeared to have picked up the an infection from KKR team-mate Varun Chakravarthy, who was taken out of the bubble for a scan. Later, KKR and DC camps have been scheduled on the similar time and Warrier met DC spinner Amit Mishra. Mishra additionally examined constructive later.
Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier and Amit Mishra (BCCI/IPL Picture)
Nevertheless, it is nonetheless not clear how Wriddhiman Saha of SRH examined constructive. And Khaleel echoed the sentiment that it is a huge thriller.
“All of us have been in a bio bubble and have been following strict tips. There was no probability of coming into contact with anybody. I’m actually shocked that it (virus coming into bio bubble) occurred. As per the protocols, we have been requested to stay in our room, to not contact anybody (in particular person), correct hand wash/sanitisation, and put on masks. Whereas eating or speaking to any coaches or administration, we have been requested to put on masks. All of us have been following the protocols religiously and with none errors,” the left-arm pacer instructed TimesofIndia.com.
Two earlier matches had already been postponed as a consequence of constructive instances within the KKR (Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier) and CSK (L Balaji – later Michael Hussey) camps. As soon as Saha and Amit Mishra examined constructive, the BCCI had no choice however to droop the league for now and ship the staff contingents again house. The virus in spite of everything had penetrated 4 completely different staff bio-bubbles.
“There may be nothing extra essential than life proper now. I respect BCCI’s resolution to droop the IPL for now. Proper now a few gamers have been contaminated and so they would possibly infect the whole staff. So, BCCI took the right resolution to ship us again house safely,” Khaleel additional mentioned.
Khaleel Ahmed (Picture credit score: BCCI/IPL)
Not like the overseas gamers, the Indian gamers’ passage again house was comparatively less complicated, after the league was suspended.
“BCCI has organized all the pieces for us and for abroad gamers too. They’ve taken full accountability for our security and ensured we reached house with none downside. The abroad gamers – Williamson, Warner, and so forth (of SRH). have been additionally supplied with full services,” he mentioned.
Khaleel is now at house together with his household. He can be in isolation for just a few days.
Picture credit score: Khaleel Ahmed’s Instagram account
“I had already knowledgeable my members of the family that I can be isolating myself for 5-6 days in a room after which meet them. As a result of I wish to shield my household as nicely. I’ve no info when the match (IPL) will resume. I’ve acquired so many messages from my associates. They expressed their disappointment over the IPL suspension. Some mentioned they are going to be lacking out on 3 to 4 hours of motion and the net reductions on pizzas and different meals (laughs),” Khaleel mentioned.
Final yr, the IPL was first postponed after which shifted to the UAE because of the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in India. There’s a chance that the second part of IPL 2021 will be held within the UAE too. There’s a college of thought that this version of the match ideally ought to have been held within the UAE from the start.