Things are just not falling into place at present for BCCI ahead of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). At a time when the board would have liked to focus entirely on the tournament, things have been made tough with recent coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday, the BCCI suffered another setback when a member of its medical tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19. The member contracted the virus on a day when UAE registered its biggest tally of new coronavirus cases since May 27. As per a report in The Indian Express, the professional does not have symptoms and has been isolated.
With this, the number of confirmed cases in IPL has touched 14 after 13 Chennai Super Kings members tested positive last week. Out of those 13 members, 2 were players – Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad. None of the members who tested positive have any symptoms.
At present, the entire Chennai Super Kings camp is in quarantine after their mandatory 6-day quarantine was extended in the wake of the positive cases. Fortunately, no fresh member has tested positive for the dreaded virus. On Tuesday. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed that all the members, except the 13, returned negative results while also stating that the team is likely to start training on September 4.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus situation in UAE is becoming a matter of concern. The gulf country on its Covid-19 website informed that 735 new positive cases were diagnosed on Wednesday from a total of 79,623 tests. Since May 27, when the country announced 883 new positive cases, they had significantly flattened the curve.
But in the last few days, there has been a rise in positive cases. UAE football season, supposed to begin on Thursday, has been put off by 4 weeks. IPL 2020 is scheduled to start on September 19.