In what comes as positive news for the Chennai Super Kings camp, all the players and support staff have tested negative for COVID-19 in the first of the two follow-up tests, Kasi Viswanathan, the Super Kings CEO confirmed to Cricbuzz.
“The first test came negative, there is one more test,” Kasi Viswanathan told Cricbuzz. The second test will be conducted on September 3 and if the results of that come out negative then they will begin training from September 4, he added.
The Super Kings are the only team yet to commence training, with their quarantine period being extended after multiple members, including two players, testing positive. They arrived in Dubai on August 21 and were supposed to begin training from August 28. However, COVID-19 positive cases in the camp forced them to delay their preparations for IPL 2020, which is set to begin on September 19.
Meanwhile, the 13 members who earlier tested positive, are at a different hotel undergoing a two-week quarantine. They will be undergoing the two additional tests after they finish their quarantine period.
As per the Standard Operating Procedures that need to be followed during the IPL, all persons associated with the tournament would undergo a test upon arrival in the UAE. This would be followed by tests on days 1, 3 and 6 of their quarantine period at the team hotel, and only after testing negative in all three would the players be allowed to train.
The Super Kings will also be buoyed by the arrival of Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi, who joined the team on Tuesday (September 1). They will have to quarantine for a period of six days and will undergo tests and upon clearing those, they would be able to join the team’s training from September 8.