IPL News: Positive Covid-19 Tests in CSK Camp

One player among them, say reports

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The Chennai Super Kings have been forced to postpone their IPL preparations after positive tests for Covid-19.

At least 10 members of the CSK contingent in the UAE have been found to have the virus.

The majority are support staff and net bowlers but there is one player involved, according to reports by ESPNcricinfo.

The test results mean that Chennai have had to postpone the start of their training in Dubai. It will now start on September 1.

Those that have tested positive will now have to undergo at least two weeks of quarantine and have more tests before being allowed to rejoin the group.

The results were found in the final round of testing in the UAE ahead of IPL 2020.

IPL to Start on September 19

The Indian Premier League has moved from India to the UAE because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The tournament is due to go ahead on September 19 even though a full schedule of matches has not been finalised.

CSK finished runners up in 2019 and are expected to start with a clash against rivals and defending champions Mumbai Indians.

The Super Kings have been in Dubai since August 21 after their Indian players took part in a six-day training camp in Chennai.

News of the positives tests comes only a few days after Abu Dhabi Cricket chief executive officer Matt Boucher discussed the need for fixtures and test procedures to be aligned for the tournament.

“The match schedule and the testing of the players need to be aligned. It's not an easy task, it needs to be thought out, it needs to be calculated, but the safety of the players and others is the most important thing. It's not an international border, it's a safety mechanism,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

“At the border, it's either a diffractive phase interferometry test or a polymerise chain reaction test, and it's purely to protect the population of Abu Dhabi. Many hundreds of people are using the border every day, and it's certainly not a hassle or an issue.

“It just has to be, of course, tailored into the event schedule with rotational testing.”

Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been selected as the host cities for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.

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