New Zealand cricketer Tim Seifert has tested positive for coronavirus, New Zeland Cricket confirmed Saturday.
The wicket-keeper batsman was in India for the Indian Premier League. He was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The NZC statement said Seifert missed his charter flight back to New Zealand from India with all the other members of the New Zealand contingent.
“Seifert, who represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and as a result will be taken into quarantine. Immediate advice is that he is experiencing moderate symptoms,” the NZC statement said.
The Kiwi cricketer has minor symptoms and has been shifted to a Chennai hospital for treatment. Kiwi Test cricketers selected for a series against England also left India.
Players selected for the Test series have reached Maldives from Delhi, the NZC said, adding that the New Zealand Test players will stay in Maldives for a few days.
The players’ scheduled to enter England on May 11 may be delayed, the NZC said.
“Once Seifert has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation and has tested negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation,” it further added.
NZC chief executive David White said that he is confident Seifert will receive the best medical care in India.