The development comes after 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent, including two players, tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus last week.
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- IPL 2020 was moved out of India this year due to a surge in Covid-19 cases
- All remaining members of BCCI’s contingent in Dubai have tested negative
- The 53-day 8-team tournament will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from Sept. 19
The novel coronavirus has reportedly hit the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Dubai where a member of its contingent tested positive for Covid-19.
News of a member of the BCCI contingent testing positive for coronavirus was reported by Press Trust of India on Wednesday night. The news came just over a couple of weeks before the scheduled start of IPL 2020.
“There is one positive case in the BCCI contingent. I can’t tell you whether it’s from cricket operations team or the medical team. But testing is on and everyone else is healthy and asymptomatic,” a senior IPL official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“There is no cause for concern,” he added.
If this news turns out to be true then it will be the 14th case of Covid-19 from the Indian contingent in the United Arab Emirates after 13 members of Chennai Super Kings tested positive for coronavirus last month.
Fast bowler Deepak Chahar and batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad contracted the virus along with 11 members of the franchise.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed that the 13 Covid-19 positive members continue to be in isolation from the rest of the camp and will be tested again after the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
After 2 weeks of isolation, the individual must return 2 negative PCR test reports done 24 hours apart before being permitted to re-enter the bio-secure environment. Cardiac screening is also compulsory before resuming team activities.
Chahar meanwhile, gave an update on his health on Tuesday, saying that he is “recovering well” and “hoping to return to action soon”. CSK are likely to begin training in Dubai from September 4, provided the said members test Covid-19 negative in the 2nd batch of tests on September 3.
“Thank you all for your love and prayers Folded hands..I am better now and trying my best to keep myself fit..hopefully you will see me in action very soon..Keep showering your love and never miss your leg day. #ipl #legday #ipl2020 #recovery (sic),” Deepak Chahar said in his post.
Rest of the teams have started training after their squad members and support staff completed the on-arrival quarantine and returned negative tests.