This development has forced CSK to extend the quarantine period for the touring party till September 1.© AFP
Chennai Super Kings’ preparations for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season have run into complications after it emerged that a bowler and some staff members of the franchise tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the development the team’s quarantine period has now been extended to September 1. CSK along with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and defending champions Mumbai Indians had arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 21 for IPL 2020, which is scheduled to begin on September 19. The MS Dhoni-led CSK held a brief training camp in Chennai before leaving for the UAE and were the only team to do so.
Sixty games will be played over 53 days across three venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
In 2014, UAE had hosted the IPL partially due to the general elections in India.
The postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia created a window for the IPL, which was supposed to take place in March-May before the BCCI postponed it indefinitely due to the pandemic.
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