Chennai Super Kings to resume training from September 4th with COVID-19 negative players

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The last few days have been a rough patch for Chennai Super Kings. From the sudden exit of the vice captain Suresh Raina, to the worrying spike of novel Coronavirus cases within the contingent, the three time IPL champions found themselves in a mucky situation over in UAE. However, the franchise has announced that they will resume training from 4th September onwards, with players that have tested COVID negative.

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The ray of hope in CSK’s crisis was the full squad testing negative on the first round of test conducted on 31st August, except the 13 personnel, including cricketers Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad who were found positive in last week’s testing. There will be a second round of testing on 3rd September, just a day before CSK’s training resumes.

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The 13 members of the contingent that tested positive earlier, are currently under mandatory quarantine for two weeks in a separate hotel, and they have to return negative test results twice after their quarantine period is over, before they will be allowed back within the squad for training.

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“We will start by September 4. We have another test on September 3,” Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan spoke to ESPNcricinfo.

Both Chahar and Gaikwad, the only two COVID positive players within the contingent, are both asymptomatic, and have returned negative test results on Monday. However, the will have to complete the full quarantine period before returning to train.

“Deepak and Ruturaj will complete their 14-day quarantine and then join training after two negative tests as per protocol,” Viswanathan added.

You will see me in action very soon: Deepak Chahar

Although returning negative test results on Monday, Deepak Chahar has to remain under the mandatory 14 day quarantine period as part of the SOP guidelines, and by the end of the period, will have to return two negative tests before he will be allowed to join the squad.

However, the bowler recently took to Twitter to thank the netizens, and also shared that his recovery process is going good.

“Thank you all for your love and prayers 🙏..I am better now and trying my best to keep myself fit..hopefully you will see me in action very soon.. Keep showering your love ❤️and never miss your leg day 😁” tweeted Chahar yesterday, who is reported to be asymptomatic.

IPL 2020 is kicking off from 19th September, and is scheduled to run until 10th November.

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