Dubai, Sept 14: After 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings team tested positive for the COVID-19, 12 members have recovered and resumed training after clearing his mandatory two tests.
Last month, young lad Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar, along with 11 others tested positive after landing to UAE for the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Gaikwad will undergo two fresh tests starting Sunday and could miss the first few games of the IPL whereas Chahar, along with 11 others, has recovered and resumed training after clearing his mandatory two tests.
“Ruturaj will undergo two tests as per protocol, today and tomorrow. If he tests negative, he will be back in the team hotel bubble. The other staff members have tested negative and are now back to normal. They are back in team bubble,” CSK CEO KS Viswanathan told a private media.
Gaekwad, an India A regular who tested positive a few days after Chahar, will be replacing Suresh Raina after he pulled out of IPL due to personal reasons. However, CSK might have to wait a bit as he undergoes COVID tests on Sunday and Monday. CSK will follow the established protocol and he will also have to undergo cardiovascular and lung function tests to ascertain his fitness if he clears the coronavirus tests.
He is likely to be available for selection only after a week, which means he might have to sit out of at least the tournament-opener on September 19 against Mumbai Indians and a few more matches after that.
Meanwhile, Australian players including Steve Smith and David Warner will have to undergo 6-day quarantine after arrival from the UK in the UAE for the IPL despite having spent time at the bio-secure bubble in the UK, according to Chennai Super Kings bowling consultant Eric Simons.
The Australian cricketers are expected to arrive in the UAE on September 17, just two days before the start of the 13th edition of the world’s richest T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Since CSK's arrival in the UAE, it has been hit hard by COVID-19 with the team reporting as many as 13 positive cases, including two players.