Several members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent, including an India medium-pacer, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Dubai, it is learnt. Sources said, positive results came after CSK players, squad members and support staff underwent coronavirus tests on Thursday.
The Indian Express understands that apart from the 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. The Chennai-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise were scheduled to start training from Friday, but it is learnt that following the latest development, the team has deferred it until September 1. Those who have tested positive will self-isolate for 14 days outside the bio-bubble. The IPL quarantine protocol for Covid positive individuals says: “This will follow the Government policy and is currently 14 days. During the 14-day quarantine, the individual will be tested on Day 10, Day 13 and Day 14.”
CSK went to Dubai for the IPL, to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to November 10, last week and as per the tournament’s health and safety protocols, the team members underwent a test at the airport followed by another two rounds of tests during the mandatory six-day quarantine period. According to a team insider, every member of the contingent was tested negative during CSK’s pre-departure camp in Chennai. Two RT-PCR tests were conducted at the camp. The novel coronavirus, however, has an incubation period of two to 14 days, which could be a reason why the tests returned negative.
Following the positive cases, contact tracing will be done as per the health guidelines. “Contact tracing must commence at the earliest. All casual contacts will undergo an RT-PCR test immediately while close contacts will be closely monitored and tested over the next 5 days,” says the IPL health advisory. The Covid positive individuals have to be immediately isolated in a “designated isolation zone”, with the advisory adding: “As soon as the individual is stable, they should be transferred out of the Bio-Secure Environment into the isolation facility.”