Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Friday suffered a huge blow as several members of the franchise have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report in Times of India. The team was supposed to start their training for IPL 2020 on Friday having completed the mandatory six days of quarantine.
Sources have confirmed the news to the newspaper daily but the names are yet to be known. However, the report added that the members tested positive during their compulsory COVID-19 testing in Dubai as part of the BCCI SOP.
Owing to the results, CSK have gone into an extended quarantine period.
ESPNCricinfo reported saying that at least 10 members of CSK have tested positive including an Indian player
Harmonizing to BCCI SOP, all the dealerships on arriver in the United Arab Emirates for IPL 2020 leave have got to undergo six twenty-four hour periods of quarantine during which they leave represent tested for COVID-19 on twenty-four hour periods 1, 3 and 6. TOI describe that CSK extremities represent tested for the quaternary meter on Friday, the solvents of which leave represent known on Saturday.
“Even when football started in Europe, a few players had tested positive. So with eight IPL teams and over 1000 members, this was a possibility. This could have happened to any team. It is just unlucky that it has happened to CSK despite taking all kinds of precautions, the source told TOI.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have already had two days of sessions. Kolkata Knight Riders and defending champions Mumbai Indians will have their first session on Friday. And Delhi Capitals are slated to begin on Saturday.
IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 onwards although the schedule is not out yet.