With a number of members of the Chennai Super Kings squad testing positive for coronavirus, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been thrown into ultimate chaos even before it could start. At a time when the BCCI was planning hard to prepare a perfect schedule, members testing positive for coronavirus was the last thing they would have expected.
But the reality is more nearly a dozen members of the squad have tested positive for the dreaded virus. So far two players – Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaekwad – have been tested positive. To make things worse, veteran batsman Suresh Raina has returned to India citing personal reasons and will miss the entire tournament.
The Super Kings on this super, super city called Chennai aka Madras. You need not have born here or speak our tongue to become our own – 'cause it's not just a city, it's an emotion. #WhistlePodu #MadrasWeek 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/q9rAg0GAVU
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 23, 2020
Pre-season camp not responisble:
With several members of their contingent tested positive so far, Chennai Super Kings are facing the heat for their pre-season camp. The three-time champions had held a short-camp from August 15 to 20 before leaving the country on August 21. Recently, the franchise’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan also stated that captain MS Dhoni insisted on holding the camp.
“When we announced the tournament is going to happen, I had reservations about conducting the camp here because the bio-bubble had to be created. In fact, I sent a message to him (asking) whether it will be worthwhile having a camp for 5 days before going to Dubai. But the captain was crystal clear in his thoughts,” Viswanathan said in a YouTube video for CSK.
Chennai Super Kings were the only team to hold the pre-season camp and they are now facing the heat for the same. Reports have stated that several BCCI members had cautioned the franchise about holding the camp in the high-risk zone. But while Dhoni and others are facing criticism for the camp, it is pretty obvious that the members of the team have contracted the virus after landing in Dubai.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 21, 2020
As per the norm, they were to be tested on arrival, third day and fifth day. It now is clear that the Covid positive results were found after the third test which means on the fifth day. It could have been at the hotel. The team has not had practice since reaching there on August 21. It should be noted that the players were also tested in India before leaving for UAE.
Another spot where the members could have contracted the virus is the airport. A video is going viral in which the Chennai Super Kings players and others could be seen hugging and shaking hands with a man at the airport although various sources are suggesting that the man was none other than Super Kings’ team-manager Russell Radhakrishnan.
Here is the video:
Who is responsible for this ?? Is this the protocol or SOP provided by BCCI ?? Hugging etc is allowed as per BCCI protocol ?? . This is totally unacceptable when they clearly knew COVID is still there pic.twitter.com/Cnfxcgm0nk
— Cricfam (Amarr) (@cricfam) August 28, 2020