The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 29 August informed through an official release that a total of 13 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in UAE for the IPL 2020. Two among these are players, the release stated.
BCCI’s official release comes just a day after several Chennai Super Kings members tested positive for COVID-19. On 29 August it was learnt that a second CSK player had tested positive. That news came just hours after the franchise informed on Twitter that senior CSK cricketer and former India all-rounder Suresh Raina has had to return home due to ‘personal reasons’ and would not take any further part in this season’s tournament, which is scheduled to begin from 19 September.
Here is the full BCCI statement:
“BCCI has put in place stringent health and safety protocols for the Dream11 IPL 2020 Season, which is scheduled to start from 19 September in the UAE.
“Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine programme. Total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between 20-2 August across all participant groups in the UAE. These groups include Players, Support Staff, Team Management, BCCI Staff, IPL Operational team, Hotel and ground transport Staff.
“13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team.
“As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols, testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 Season.”
One more CSK player tests positive for COVID
After Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina pulled out of the IPL 2020 citing “personal reasons”, it has emerged that a second player in the team has tested positive for COVID-19.
The player in question is a right-handed top-order batsman, who has been a part of India A teams in recent past and is a prolific performer in Ranji Trophy. On 28 August, a T20 specialist pacer had tested positive along with 12 members of the contingent in Dubai.
While it is expected that Raina will be issuing a statement later in the day, sources close to the franchise said that one of the biggest draws in IPL desperately needs some downtime to be with his young family at the moment.