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England have insisted their IPL players must make their own minds up whether to stay put as the Covid wave ravaging India spread to two franchises.

The richest event in cricket was plunged into turmoil on Monday when Kolkata Knight Riders, captained by England's Eoin Morgan, saw their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore postponed when two of their players tested positive for the virus.

The crisis then deepened when a second bio-secure bubble was compromised as three members of the backroom staff of Chennai Super Kings, who include Moeen Ali and Sam Curran in their ranks, also produced positive tests.

England white ball captain Eoin Morgan is among 11 English players currently taking part in the Indian Premier League as Covid-19 fears mount following positive tests at two teams

England white ball captain Eoin Morgan is among 11 English players currently taking part in the Indian Premier League as Covid-19 fears mount following positive tests at two teams

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Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Varun Chakravarthy is one of two of their player to have tested positive for Covid-19 - forcing the postponement of Monday's match

Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Varun Chakravarthy is one of two of their player to have tested positive for Covid-19 - forcing the postponement of Monday's match

Chakravarthy celebrates taking a wicket during a recent IPL game for the Kolkata side

Chakravarthy celebrates taking a wicket during a recent IPL game for the Kolkata side

The positive tests for Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier forced the postponement of KKR's match with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday

The positive tests for Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier forced the postponement of KKR's match with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday

But the IPL are insisting the lucrative show will go on and ECB remain adamant they will not withdraw any of the 11 English players at the tournament. 

Instead it will be left to them to carry on or quit and face 10 days in quarantine before they can return home.

'We continue to monitor and communicate with our players and staff currently in India,' said an ECB spokesperson. 

'In terms of continued participation it will be a decision taken by each individual. We acknowledge these are challenging times and our thoughts are with the people of India.'

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The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen exponentially in recent weeks to almost 400,000 new cases per day as of Sunday and almost 20m confirmed cases overall

The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen exponentially in recent weeks to almost 400,000 new cases per day as of Sunday and almost 20m confirmed cases overall 

The death toll in India has risen sharply since February, with the country's morgues and crematoriums struggling to cope

The death toll in India has risen sharply since February, with the country's morgues and crematoriums struggling to cope

Authorities reported 392,488 new cases on Sunday - a marginal dip from a high of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours - to push total cases to 19.56 million. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

Authorities reported 392,488 new cases on Sunday - a marginal dip from a high of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours - to push total cases to 19.56 million. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people, although experts believe the actual numbers of both cases and deaths are likely considerably higher. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people, although experts believe the actual numbers of both cases and deaths are likely considerably higher. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

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