NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28: At least 10 members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team, including an player from India, have tested positive for novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in Dubai.
The positive results came after the CSK squad and support staff were tested on Thursday at their team hotel in Dubai, according to media reports.
The development has forced the team to extend the quarantine period till September 1 ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As per the IPL’s Covid-19 protocols, all teams had to undergo COVID test at the airport upon landing in the UAE. After which three tests on days 1, 3 and 5 are also done during the mandatory six-day quarantine at the team hotel.
The Super Kings have now postponed the start of their training sessions, which were supposed to start on Friday.
The IPL is due to begin on September 19.
“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,” a senior IPL source was quoted as saying in The Tribune.
According to the BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), all those who test positive for COVID-19 are mandated to go through additional seven-day quarantine. They can enter the bio-secure bubble only after returning negative in tests to be conducted after the extended isolation.