COVID strikes IPL: CSK participant, employees members check optimistic

New Delhi, August 28

A present India cricketer is amongst members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19, forcing the IPL franchise to increase its quarantine interval in Dubai and inflicting  upheaval forward of the league beginning September 19.

The franchise is but to situation a proper assertion however a league supply informed PTI that the variety of optimistic instances could possibly be between 10 and 12.

“Yes, a right-arm medium fast bowler, who has recently played for India in white-ball cricket, along with a few staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The number could be as high as 12,” the senior IPL supply mentioned on circumstances of anonymity.

The growth has pressured the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led facet to increase the quarantine interval until September 1.

While there’s panic within the BCCI’s rank and file, it’s understood that in the intervening time, there is no such thing as a imminent menace to the league, shifted out of India as a result of pandemic.

The supply revealed that each one COVID-19 optimistic outcomes got here throughout Day 1, three and 6 of testing after the contingent’s arrival in Dubai.

“As far as we know, one of the senior-most officials of the CSK management, an official’s wife, and at least two members of their social media team are also COVID-19 positive,” he mentioned.

According to the usual working process put in place by the BCCI, all those that check optimistic are mandated to undergo extra seven-day quarantine.

They can enter the bio-secure bubble solely after returning unfavorable in assessments to be carried out after the prolonged isolation.

It is known that each one the members of the jumbo contingent, who examined optimistic, are “largely asymptomatic”.

The largest problem will probably be tracing those that got here involved with these contingent members as it’s understood that the majority of them contracted the virus in Chennai, the place the crew had a brief coaching camp earlier than heading to Dubai.

“If you see, they all had tested negative for COVID during the two RT-PCR tests conducted in Chennai ahead of their departure. Had they been positive, they wouldn’t have been able to board the flight in the first place,” mentioned the league supply.

It is known those that have examined unfavorable could be allowed to enter the bio-bubble. However, the IPL supply believes that the probability of the crew’s camp beginning on September 1 is slim.

“I don’t think they can start the camp from September 1. It will take at least till September 5 before they can even think of resuming the camp,” he mentioned.

In the BCCI corridors, there was bewilderment over the crew’s resolution to have a camp in Chennai earlier than boarding the flight to Dubai. Tamil Nadu has recorded greater than four lakh instances thus far.

“CSK practised three days in Chennai out of the five days. Was there any tangible gain achieved from that camp?” requested a BCCI official.

It stays to be seen what protocols will probably be adopted for all these gamers who will probably be arriving late after the conclusion of the Caribbean Premier League and the England vs Australia limited-over sequence.

It could not be confirmed whether or not BCCI will probably be popping out with an official launch on the problem confirming the title of the participant and employees members.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals’ fielding coach Dishant Yagnik had returned optimistic in assessments carried out in India. PTI

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