Coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 835 thousand lives globally continues to plunge the sporting calendar into disarray, the Indian Premier League (IPL) being the latest to fall prey to its grip. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is the worst hit with 13 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including two players. Their senior statesman, Suresh Raina has also left the camp citing “personal reasons”.
The Indian Express had reported on Friday evening that apart from an India seamer, who plays in the shorter formats, a few net bowlers, some members of the digital/social media team, and a CSK team official, too, have tested positive.
What has BCCI said:
The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) informed on Saturday evening that 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20th – 28th across all participant groups in the UAE. Ever since reports of positive cases has come out, the IPL Medical Team is working round the clock and monitoring those affected. Their close contacts have also been isolated from other team members, the board revealed in a statement on Saturday evening.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 21, 2020
As far as players are concerned, the Board has withheld their identity but one is a white-ball T20 specialist seamer for India while the other is speculated to be a top-order India A batsman.
The BCCI stated as per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols conducted RT-PCR COVID-19 tests on players, support staff, team management, BCCI staff, IPL operational team, hotel, and ground transport staff.
All positive cases have a mandatory 14-day quarantine period after which they also have to record two negative RT-PCR tests. Only then will they be allowed inside the bio-bubble.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 27, 2020
CSK’s quarantine period in Dubai has already been extended until September 1.
Probably the biggest shocker of the day was Suresh Raina pulling out from season 13. While the southpaw is yet to reveal the reason behind the sudden development, the reason being speculated is a family tragedy along with growing COVID-19 cases in the team.
“Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time,” CSK tweeted CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s statement.
Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 29, 2020
However, it has now emerged that the CSK team management was also not happy with Raina’s conduct during the quarantine period.
Rajasthan Record Recovery
There is a silver lining amid all the gloom as Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik made a recovery from the virus and will now join the squad in Dubai.
He has completed his 14-day quarantine along with two negative reports as he joined the squad in Dubai.
14-day quarantine ✅
2 Negative tests ✅
1 Fitness test ✅
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) August 28, 2020
The IPL is scheduled to being on September 19 and will be played in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.