Chennai Super Kings is likely to start training in Dubai from September 4 after the results of the first COVID-19 tests done on Monday returned negative on Tuesday.
Last week, 13 members of the franchise – including two players – had tested positive, resulting in the team extending its quarantine period. Those members will be in quarantine for 14-days before they are tested again.
However, the other players, who have tested negative, will undergo another round of test on September 3 before starting the camp. “The results (of the first of two additional tests) have returned negative and as of now, we plan to start the camp from September 4 (with the players who have tested negative),” CSK CEO, Kasi Viswanathan told Sportstar on Tuesday.
Chennai Super Kings landed in Dubai on August 21 and had to undergo mandatory six-day quarantine. It was supposed to begin training last week, however, with some members testing positive, the process got delayed.
As per the BCCI’s protocol, teams need to carry three testing upon their arrival in the UAE – on days one, three and six. If all the tests return negative, players are allowed to train.
The CSK CEO stated that the team has maintained all the protocols and is confident that even the two players – Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad – who tested positive earlier would return to training after their 14-day quarantine and clearing all the necessary protocols laid out by the Board. In an Instagram post, Chahar said that he is recovering well. “Thank you so much for your lovely wishes and prayers. I have recovered well and hopefully will be in action soon,” he said in a video posted on CSK’s Twitter handle.
Though the Board is yet to announce the IPL schedule, CSK is likely to feature in the opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19. Even though there are speculations that CSK’s opening fixture could be pushed back by a day or two due to the COVID related delay, however, the franchise is preparing itself keeping in mind the fact that it might have to play the opener as per original schedule.