In a major relief to both fans and franchise, Chennai Super Kings players and staff were tested negative in the latest COVID test conducted in Dubai. The situation was grim inside the dressing room after both Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad were positive last week.
The crisis plunged to rock bottom when Suresh Raina decided to travel back to India. However, the latest results gave a lot of confidence for the franchise. But the players will undergo an additional test on September 3. If the results of that come out negative, then the team can enter bio secure bubble.
As things stand, Chennai Super Kings will begin their team training. On the other hand, Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad along with CSK staff members were shifted to a different hotel. All of them will undergo 14 day mandatory isolation period. The first PCR test for them will be conducted next week.
Once they are declared covid free, all of them will be integrated to CSK camp before the start of IPL. The scenes were worse once the news came out about Chennai camp getting infected. There were suggestions that this event would jeopardize IPL 2020 itself.
But kudos to the board and their SOP, so far they are able to keep things under control. Meanwhile, Faf du Pless and Lungi Ngidi arrived in Dubai and have gone straight into six day quarantine period.
Chennai Super Kings Hopeful On Sorting Things
Despite a troublesome start to IPL 2020 preparations, the management are hoping to sort all the mess over the next few days. The team are title challengers year in year out. However, things are not optimal at this moment for Chennai Super Kings.
Especially, Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh is yet to join the camp. There has been suggestions that he could pull out of IPL 2020. But nothing has been said or confirmed yet on the matter.
“We hope that everything will be sorted out over the next few days and we will be able to come up with our best performance in the IPL,” a source said.
Chennai Super Kings were originally thought to open the season with a match against Mumbai Indians. With these unexpected events, there is little chance for fans to see Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural match of IPL 2020.