Kolkata: Three cricketers, including Abhishek Raman and Writtick Chatterjee of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, on Friday tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Bengal T20 Challenge beginning on 24 November.
Apart from Raman and Writtick, Dip Chatterjee of Calcutta Customs and anti-corruption official Partha Pratim Sen returned positive.
Six clubs, including heavyweights Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, will compete in the 24 November- 10 December tournament which will be held in a strict bio-bubble to mark the return of cricket to Eden Gardens after the COVID-19 lockdown.
"A total of 142 persons had been tested one day prior to checking into the hotel for COVID-19 and four have returned positive," CAB said in a media statement.
"They have been referred to the CAB medical team for treatment," it added.
The tournament will see a total of 33 matches and the teams have picked 48 players along with 24 standbys.
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The delay has thrown up a plethora of new costs, from rebooking venues and transport to retaining the huge organising committee staff.
Tiley had originally wanted players to start arriving in Australia from mid-December so they could undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Besides wrestlers Narsingh Yadav and Gurpreet Singh, physiotherapist Vishal Rai has also tested positive for the deadly virus.