The start of the Indian Premier League is in all sorts of chaos after 13 members of the CSK squad tested positive for the coronavirus. The BCCI confirmed the development. All the cases are from the Chennai Super Kings camp. Out of the 13 members, two are Indian Players Deepak Chahar and Rituraj Gaikwad. Due to the recent turn of events, CSK’s quarantine has been extended from 6 to 14 days.
Instead of CSK now RCB will take on Mumbai Indians
The opening game of the season was to be played between the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. And if reports are to be believed, then Chennai Super Kings are unlikely to play their opening match. Earlier this month, Rohit Sharma had hinted at the same when he congratulated MS Dhoni on his retirement from the international cricket. IPL is a mega event, and on an opening day, the people want to witness some big stars playing on the field. With Chennai Super Kings now out of the picture for Day 1, Royal Challengers Banglore is expected to play the beginner. With the magic of star power and with MS Dhoni out of contention, Virat Kohli is the obvious choice.
The COVID-19 mess continues
Meanwhile, the teams have been left to fend for their own in the UAE. “ The other day, lights went off at the practice venue when a team was training,” says one franchise representative. While IPL authorities are busy with the COVID mess that erupted in the CSK camp, something which was always possible, the other franchise says, “ we have not heard anything from the BCCI-IPL ever since we landed in the UAE. The COVID outbreak in the CSK camp has once again messed up the schedule that the BCCI-IPL had been working on for the fantastic opener for the tournament. The new schedule is yet to be officially announced by the authorities.