Covid-19 attack on CSK, BCCI puts IPL 2020 tournament schedule on hold?

Amid reports that the BCCI has put IPL schedule on hold, the Indian cricket board insisted there was no immediate threat to the IPL, which is scheduled to start from September 19.

Chennai Super Kings player Deepak Chahar, who has tested positive for Covid-19, can return to training only after a 14-day quarantine period, following which he will have to test negative twice, 24 hours apart, before being permitted to re-enter the bio-secure zone.

Multiple members of Chennai Super Kings have tested positive for COVID-19, although the exact numbers are to be confirmed. Reports said that it includes one India player as well as members of the support/coaching staff.

The team landed in Dubai on August 21 and upon completion of the mandatory six-day quarantine, were supposed to start training from Friday (August 28). However, with the new development, they have extended their quarantine period. Some of the teams have already started training while the others are set to begin soon, with the exception of CSK.

While CSK had taken necessary government permissions before going ahead with the camp in Chennai, the fact that the location of the camp – the Chepauk stadium – falls under a hotspot, cannot be ignored. Tamil Nadu has recorded more than 4 lakh cases so far.

It couldn’t be immediately confirmed whether the BCCI will be coming out with an official release on the issue confirming the name of the player and the staff members but according to reports, BCCI officials have had a word with the CSK management.