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Rajasthan Royals' fielding coach and former wicketkeeper-batsman Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for Covid-19, the franchise informed on Wednesday.
The confirmation of Yagnik's virus infection is the first coronavirus scare in the Indian Premier League as teams prepare to head to the UAE for this year's tournament.
The competition has been moved out of India due to the incessant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
Yagnik's positive test came at the conclusion of extensive testing done by the Royals on all their players, support staff and management.
"Rajasthan Royals would like to inform that their fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19," the franchise's statement read.
"The test was undertaken keeping in mind that the team members need to assemble in Mumbai next week for their flight to the UAE.
"The franchise implemented an extra test for all players, support staff and management travelling to the UAE in addition to the two tests recommended by BCCI, to ensure as robust a process as possible."
Yagnik, who played 25 IPL games for the Royals, is currently residing in his hometown Udaipur where he has been advised to get admitted to a hospital.
Yagnik will begin his mandatory 14-day quarantine period and will have to undergo two tests as per the BCCI's Covid-19 protocols before being permitted to depart for the UAE.
Following his arrival in the Arab nation, the 37-year-old will have to stay in self-isolation for six more days and return three negative tests.
Yagnik is thus expected to be fit in time, ahead of the IPL 2020 opener on September 19.
"On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self-isolating for 6 days and receiving 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE," the Royals added.
Additionally, the franchise revealed that no player had been in physical contact with Yagnik recently, hence quashing the risk of transmission within the Royals' contingent.
"We request everyone who has been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. We can confirm that no Rajasthan Royals or other IPL players have been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days.
"We wish Dishant a speedy recovery and look forward to him joining the Royals camp soon in the UAE."
Yagnik played his last first-class match in 2017 and stepped down from competitive cricket with a red-ball average of 24.70 and average of 25.54 runs per innings in List A cricket.