The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise have been quick to make decisions and arrangement for their players who are in Manchester to reach the UAE soon following the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England on Friday amid covid-19 scare in the Indian dressing room.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan is confident that their players with the Test team in England – Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Cheteshwar Pujara – will take the flight on Saturday for Dubai.
There, then, they will undergo quarantine for 6 days before joining the rest of the contingent who have already started training.
“Now that the Test match is off, we are looking to get the CSK boys into Dubai tomorrow,” Kasi Viswanathan confirmed the development to ANI.
The MS Dhoni-led team won 5 matches and lost two, and sit on the second spot of the points table at the moment. CSK will take on the Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Dubai.
BCCI offers to reschedule the fifth Test:
Following the cancellation of the fifth and last Test of the series, which India lead 2-1 currently, the BCCI presented an offer to the ECB for playing the Test later on, while also stating that it was “jointly decided” by the two boards to call off the game.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021,” the BCCI said in a statement.
“In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match.”
After head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar – all of whom are currently isolating in London – assistant physio Yogesh Parmar had returned a positive Covid-19 test on Wednesday.
The Indian players have been worried since Parmar, being the physio, had been in close contact with them. The series, for now, stands at 2-1 as both the boards and the ICC continue their talks regarding the fate of the fifth Test.