Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has tested negative for the global pandemic novel COVID-19. Since his results came negative, Dhoni will reach Chennai to join a one-week training camp on Friday prior to the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League which is all set to start on September 19 in the UAE.
MS Dhoni, however, had undergone the mandatory COVID-19 test before being eligible to join the camp alongside his teammate Monu Kumar Singh at a Ranchi hospital, according to the sources of IANS.
Meanwhile, in accordance with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Standard Operating Procedure, they will have to go through another set of COVID-19 test after arriving in Chennai and joining the training camp scheduled for the players before flying to the UAE for the tournament, for which you can explore online waging sites.
IPL 2020 was earlier scheduled to start on March 29 where the two most successful teams of the tournament – Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians were scheduled to lock horns at the Wankhede in Mumbai in the campaign opener. However, the tournament had initially been postponed to April 15 before getting postponed indefinitely owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposed lockdown in the country.
Meanwhile, it had been revealed that Rajasthan Royals’ fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has been tested positive for COVID-19. The test was done keeping in mind that the team members need to assemble in Mumbai next week before flying to the UAE.
On the other hand, Tthe BCCI has received the formal approval from the central government to host the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel has revealed the news on Monday.
“Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel told PTI when he was asked whether the permission has come in writing from both the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Notably, if an Indian sports body shifts a domestic tournament outside India, they require the clearance from Home, External and sports ministries respectively to host the tournament there.
“Once we had the verbal okay from the government, we had intimated the Emirates Cricket Board. Now we have the papers also, so franchises can be intimated that everything is in order,” a veteran BCCI official said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.