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Six members of Sunrisers Hyderabad, including Vijay Shankar, identified as close contacts; SRH vs DC match to go as planned

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s left arm crimper T Natarajan tested positive for Covid-19 in a scheduled RT-PCR test in Dubai, and isolated himself from the rest of the team. Six other members of the franchise, who have been identified as his close contacts, are also in isolation.

The update, however, will not affect Sunrisers’ 2021 IPL game against the Delhi Capitals on Wednesday night in Dubai, the IPL said in a press release issued less than five hours before the match started.

The statement added that Natarajan was asymptomatic.

Two of the other six who have been forced into self-isolation are players: versatile player Vijay Shankar and net pitcher G Periyasamy. The others are Sunrisers support staff: Vijay Kumar (team leader), Shyam Sundar J (physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (doctor) and Tushar Khedkar (logistics manager).

The entire Sunrisers contingent, including close contacts, underwent RT-PCR testing at 5 a.m. local time on Wednesday and the test reports came back negative, the statement said. As a result, the Sunrisers vs Capitals match was allowed to go ahead as planned at the Dubai International Stadium.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that most of the Sunrisers members, including Vijay Shankar and Periyaswamy, traveled to the United Arab Emirates from Mumbai on September 1. Natarajan had traveled separately, on a commercial flight from Bengaluru on September 9, and then joined the team.

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