Gyanendra Malla, the current captain of Nepal’s national cricket team, along with vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee, batsman Rohit Paudel and Basant Regmi, have tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
The COVID test was performed ahead of the training camp at Tribhuvan University ground in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced the test results through their social channels.
Covid-19 Test prior to the national cricket team's close camp starting November 26, 2020.
Following Players and staff have been tested positive
1. Captain – Gyanendra Malla
2. Vice-Captain – Dipendra Singh Airee
3. Player – Rohit Kumar Poudel
4. Staff – Pradeep Lama
— CAN (@CricketNep) November 25, 2020
“Despite opting for maximum safety measures, I have been tested Covid-19 positive. I would like to request all the individuals who have been in close contact with me in the last week to follow health protocols as directed by WHO and the Ministry of Health and Population.,” Malla said.
“No symptoms have been experienced so far and I am absolutely fit. However, to control further transmission and for my self-recovery, I have self quarantined until the next few days. I request every one to take this worldwide pandemic seriously and follow the directions of health administrations,” he further added.
Likewise, Vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee and Rohit Paudel have issued their statement through their social channels.
“It is my duty to inform you that I have been tested positive for Covid-19. Though I am affected by the virus I am feeling ok and I am asymptomatic. I am currently under home isolation and will isolate for a few days. I would like to request all the people who have been in contact with me in the last few days to follow all the health protocols. I will keep you all updated about my health in the days to come,” Airee said.
“There’s no doubt that I tried my best to adopt all the safety measures and precautions against COVID-19. But still, I have been tested Corona positive,” Paudel said.
Veteran spinner, Basant Regmi has also been tested positive.
Meanwhile, CAN has added five players ahead of the training camp. Bikram Sob, Anil Sah, Kushal Bhurtel, Rit Gautam and Lokesh Bam are called in to join the camp. Currently, the five players are outside Kathmandu valley.