Daniel Sams, an Australian all-rounder, entered the Royal Challengers Bangalore bio-bubble on Saturday after receiving two negative RT-PCR results more than a week after testing positive for COVID-19. The 28-year-old arrived in India with a negative COVID-19 result on April 3, but tested positive during the second test on April 7 and has been in quarantine since.
“We are pleased to announce that Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Daniel Sams has entered the RCB bio-bubble with negative reports for COVID-19 on April 17th, 2021,” RCB said in a statement.
Daniel Sams is out of quarantine and has joined the RCB bio-bubble today with two consecutive negative reports for COVID-19.— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 17, 2021
RCB medical team was in constant touch with Sams and has declared him fit to join the team after adhering to all the BCCI protocols.#PlayBold #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/0none9RQ7l
“The RCB medical team was in close contact with Sams to ensure his safety, and after all of the requisite tests as part of the BCCI protocols, he was deemed fit to join the team.”
Sams, who was traded to the RCB from the Delhi Capitals this season, is the franchise’s second player to rebound from COVID-19.
Devdutt Padikkal, who was RCB’s leading run-scorer last season with 473 runs from 15 matches, had previously recovered from the disease and rejoined the team after testing negative.
Padikkal returned to action in RCB’s second IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, which the team won by six runs, after missing the first two games.
With two victories, RCB leads the points table and will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the first double header of the tournament on Sunday.