Multiple members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent, including a medium-fast bowler, have tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Dubai where the Indian Premier League is scheduled to begin from September 19.
The development has forced CSK to extend the quarantine period for the touring party till September 1. A league source revealed all COVID-19 positive results came during day 1, 3, and 6 of testing after the contingent’s landing in Dubai on August 21.
“Yes, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, who has recently played for India, along with a few staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” a senior source told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“As far as we know, one of the senior-most officials of the CSK management and his wife, and at least two members of their social media team are also COVID-19 positive,” the IPS source added.
According to the BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), all those who test positive are mandated to go through an additional seven-day quarantine. They can enter the bio-secure bubble only after returning negative in tests to be conducted after the extended isolation.