Early cracks: Kings XI Punjab owner claims Karun Nair never contracted coronavirus

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A day after reports came that India batsman Karun Nair has recovered from COVID-19 going around, Kings XI Punjab – the franchise he plays for in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has eventually denied him getting affected by the infection. Team CEO Satish Menon told the Times of India that he only had some “mild fever”.

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“This is absurd, there is no truth in these reports. He had some mild fever, that’s all. Nothing to do with coronavirus. He’s perfectly alright and has started training. All our boys have started their training in their respective cities,” Menon was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).

“The team management is very particular about all the social distancing guidelines and SOPs given by the BCCI. We are making sure there is no compromise on any of that. In fact, the management will educate each player individually about the risks involved and the importance of keeping a safe distance from the deadly virus,” he further added.

On the other hand, coach Anil Kumble has been keeping a close eye on every players’ fitness. Moreover, he has been working with some of the youngsters virtually as well.

“Kumble has been very busy monitoring the players’ training and fitness once the dates of the IPL had been announced. Not only the Karnataka players, the head coach is also virtually keeping an eye on youngsters like Ishan Porel, who is training in Kolkata,” Menon added.

However, the CEO has also added that the team has been taking a call soon on their net bowlers and they have decided to think about taking eight practice bowlers to the UAE where the 13th edition of IPL is all set to take place from September 19 and the final will be played on November 10, and there are a number of online wager sites for the tournament to choose from.

Upon arrival in the UAE, the team will be based in Dubai and they will undergo quarantine for six days as well.

However, the league has laid out rigorous, mandatory testing processes for everyone which included multiple tests and a week-long quarantine period after reaching the UAE before the teams can start their training. Also, as per the local government’s guidelines, any person entering the UAE should carry a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the previous 96 hours as well.

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