While the much-awaited Indian premier league is all set to begin on September 19th, one of the foremost teams’, Chennai Super Kings‘ has met with a major obstruction. A blower along with a few staff members have recently been tested positive for the coronavirus.
Owing to the disaster, the team’s quarantine period has been extended to September 1st. The team led by MS Dhoni had reportedly held a training camp in Chennai before departing for UAE where the league is scheduled to take place. They were, however, the only team to do so.
While CSK’s Quarantine period has been extended, other teams including Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians had already arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 21.
“Yes, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, who has recently played for India, along with a few staff members have tested positive for Covid-19,” a senior IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “As far as we know, one of the senior-most officials of the CSK management and his wife, and at least two members of their social media team are also Covid-19 positive.”
This is the second time the IPL will be conducted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before this, it was conducted in 2014, due to the Indian general elections of 2014. The league will be hosted across three venues; Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.