Chennai Super Kings' net bowlers and at least one India international of the IPL franchise' have been tested positive for coronavirus, as per reports. The bowlers and the at least 10 members of the support staff to have tested positive for Covid-19 are stable and have been isolated. The MS Dhoni-led team had landed in Dubai on August 21 and after the mandatory six-day quarantine period had started training as well. There has not been any official confirmation from either from CSK or the BCCI on this matter.
The virus contracted India player is a fast bowler, raising concerns that it could be wither Shardul Thakur or Deepak Chahar.
"A total of 12 members are have been affected and the entire team has been told to go quarantine again. It is learned that they got infected during a camp in Chennai," said a source as quoted by IANS.
Various media reports claimed that the entire team too has been quarantined and will undergo another round of tests on Friday. Among those tested positive are a member of the social media team and two net bowlers. It is being speculated that the team members could have contracted the virus during the training camp in Chennai before their departure to the UAE.
Both CSK and RCB Royal Challengers Bangalore are based out of Dubai while Rohit Sharma-captained Mumbai Indians are camping in Abu Dhabi. The players are not allowed to venture out of their rooms during the six-day isolation period.
CSK had the six-day long conditioning camp between August 15 and 20 in Chennai. Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh did not depart for Dubai with the rest of the squad due to personal reasons.
Cricket matches and other sporting events across the world are being held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ECB, though, are working with the UAE government to see the possibility of fan attendance. If and when the government gives a go-ahead - either for full or partial fan attendance - the ECB will discuss with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to check their requirements.