Suresh Raina (Getty Images)
The Indian Premier League on Saturday confirmed that two gamers have examined constructive for coronavirus earlier than the beginning of the world’s richest Twenty20 event and experiences mentioned they had been from Chennai Super Kings.
The three-time champions additionally misplaced key batsman Suresh Raina for “personal reasons” and doubts are rising whether or not they’ll participate in the gala opening recreation on September 19.
The much-delayed IPL has been moved to the United Arab Emirates due to the expansion of the pandemic in India and groups are being saved in strict isolation bubbles.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India mentioned two gamers and 11 different help employees and officers have Covid-19 however didn’t title the workforce concerned.
“Thirteen personnel have tested positive of which two are players,” mentioned a BCCI assertion.
“All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members,” mentioned the board, which added that about 2,000 exams had been carried out on gamers and employees since August 20.
Indian media experiences mentioned bowler Deepak Chahar, an Indian one-day worldwide, was one of many two gamers whereas the opposite was a batsman, although not Raina.
The workforce now face questions over their determination to carry a coaching camp in their house metropolis earlier than heading to Dubai. They had been the one one of many eight groups to follow in India.
Chennai’s troubles deepened with the lack of Raina.
“Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season,” the workforce introduced on Twitter.
“Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.”
Chennai misplaced to Mumbai Indians in final 12 months’s closing and historically the 2 sides would open this event.
The IPL has not but launched a schedule for the league, which runs by to November 10. But experiences mentioned Chennai would battle to be prepared for the primary recreation.
The IPL was initially scheduled to begin in March however has been repeatedly put again due to the coronavirus.