BCCI Issues Official Statement As COVID Hits IPL 2020

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With just three weeks remaining for the IPL 2020 to begin and the Coronavirus has already jolted a big blow to the T20 tournament which had to be moved to the UAE due to the pandemic. The BCCI on Saturday confirmed that 13 personnel have been infected with the virus including two players. The BCCI has also informed that a total of 1988 RT-PCR Tests have been conducted between August 20-28 and that all affected personnel and their close contacts are ‘asymptomatic’ and have been isolated.

Earlier on Friday, PTI reported that 12 members of the MS Dhoni-led franchise had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. As a result, their quarantine period which had ended had to be extended. All the franchises had to undergo a mandatory quarantine of one week after landing in the UAE. Several franchises including the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab have already hit the nets after finishing their mandatory quarantine period.

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“Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine program… A total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20th – 28th across all participant groups in the UAE. These groups include Players, Support Staff, Team Management, BCCI Staff, IPL Operational team, Hotel, and ground transport Staff,” the statement added.

Confirming the infections in the CSK camp, the BCCI said “13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected person as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team.”

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The two CSK players whose COVID-19 test results returned positive are Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

The 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to start on September 19, but the BCCI is yet to release the fixtures of the tournament.

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