The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suffered a major blow after one of the members of the contingent was tested positive for COVID-19.
“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.
Earlier, as many 13 members of the CSK franchise were tested positive for the disease including India fast bowler Deepak Chahar. They have now recovered.
Former India batsman Suresh Raina has opted out of the IPL 2020 citing personal reasons.
Raina has been a vital part of the CSK franchise and has contributed consistently for the team.
The development has forced CSK to extend the quarantine period till September 1. The entire squad and staff member of the CSK franchise will now go under fourth COVID-19 test.
The Super Kings, before their arrival in the UAE, had held a five-day training camp in Chennai. MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayudu, Piyush Chawla and Shardul Thakur were all part of the camp, as was bowling coach L Balaji.