Soon after a report emerged, claiming that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fast bowler KM Asif breached the bio-bubble environment, the franchise CEO Kasi Viswanathan has rubbished the report. Viswanathan told ANI that the facts were not checked as KM Asif was in the designated area and did not cross it.
CSK CEO however mentioned that the fact that KM Asif lost his key is true but he did not approach regular working staff and went to the designated desk. He also mentioned that the entire incident has been blown out of proportion.
“I don’t know if facts have been checked because while there is a reception in the lobby, the staff attending to the CSK unit is different. Asif obviously would not go and speak to the general staff. The boys know that there is a dedicated team working with the players. The fact he lost the key and went and asked for a replacement is true. But he didn’t go to the regular staff working and went to the designated desk. The matter has been blown out of proportion and facts need to be kept in mind,” he pointed.
The CSK CEO also mentioned that he has himself maintained the protocols as he doesn’t enters the area designated for the players. The officials have been allocated with a different area as the bio-secure environment.
“We all know the gravity of the situation and how the coronavirus is deadly. In fact, I myself have not entered the floors where the players and support staff are staying. Their bubble is different from the bubble created for the officials.
“We are taking as much precautions as humanly possible. The players have undergone 14 tests so far and Asif too has been part of them and he is negative. Now, we cannot ask every staff member in the hotel to be a part of the bubble, but let me inform you that they are all being regularly tested,” he explained.
CSK have started the IPL 2020 season on a worst-possible note. CSK have won only one out of their three matches. Incidentally, Ambati Rayudu led CSK to their only win in the IPL 2020 thus far and he is fit to feature against SunRisers Hyderabad in their next fixture on Friday.