In comes positive news for the Chennai Super Kings camp, all players and support staff tested negative for COVID-19 in the first of two follow-up tests, confirmed Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of Super Kings, according to Cricbuzz.
Relief for the Super Kings fans!
Kasi Viswanathan told Cricbuzz, “The first test came back negative, there is one more test,”. The second test will be held on September 3 and if the results come out negative then they will start training from September 4, he added.
The Super Kings are the only team that has yet to start training, and their quarantine period is extended after multiple members, including two players, tested positive. They arrived in Dubai on August 21 and were supposed to start training from August 28. However, the positive COVID-19 cases in the camp forced them to delay their preparations for the 2020 IPL, which will start on September 19.
Although, the 13 members, followed by Ruturaj Gaikwad in the next day, who previously tested positive are in a different hotel undergoing a two-week quarantine. Those members will undergo the two additional tests after their quarantine period ends.
In accordance with Standard Operating Procedures to be followed during the IPL, everyone associated with the tournament will be tested upon arrival in the UAE, and also there will be testing on days 1, 3, and 6 of their quarantine period at the team hotel. If all these tests give you negative results, these players would be allowed to train only after testing negative on all three could the players to train.
The Super Kings will also be encouraged by the arrival of Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi, who joined the team on Tuesday (September 1). They will have to quarantine themselves for a period of six days and undergo tests and, once they pass them, they will be able to join the team’s training from 8 September.