Another player of the Chennai Super Kings team, in addition to an Indian right arm medium fast bowler (who tested COVID-19 positive on Friday), reportedly tested COVID-19 positive on Saturday (29th August, 2020). Earlier on the day, the vice captain of the team, Suresh Raina announced his retirement from IPL 2020 for “personal reasons”, that were not disclosed.
The player, who tested COVID-19 positive, is being expected to be a right-handed top-order batsman, who has been a member of the India-A team and is known for his sensational performances in Ranji Trophy. Several other members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent tested COVID-19 positive on Friday, including an Indian right arm medium fast bowler.
The team of Chennai Super Kings seems to be suffering from a series of unfavourable incidents. Suresh Raina’s absence is surely going to rise up as a big concern in front of one of the most successful IPL franchisee. “Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time”, CSK tweeted CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s statement earlier today.
The question that rises in such a condition is if conducting IPL 2020 is posible amidst a situation, in which a team is eventually becoming a COVID-19 hotspot. However, BCCI has not yet hinted towards the cancellation of IPL and as of now, IPL 2020 stands to be held in Dubai. It is yet to be seen, how BCCI will conduct IPL in such a circumstance, keeping the safety of the players, a matter of top priority.