This is great news for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and especially for the Chennai Super Kings fans. CSK team which underwent a Covid-19 test on Thursday morning, have all test negative. The entire CSK squad san players who are currently in quarantine can now begin practice.
CSK is now allowed to move out for practice which may start either on Friday or Saturday according to the CSK CEO present with the squad currently.
“We are so relieved with the negative tests. We will start practice either on Friday noon or Saturday morning as per the decision of coach and the captain”, said Kasi Viswanathan, CEO of CSK to InsideSport.
Meanwhile, the two CSK players Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad who had tested positive last week are staying in a separate hotel and will have to undergo two fresh tests after their two-week quarantine. Post that only, they will be allowed to step out for practice.
IPL 2020 : Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians all set to go ahead
With all players tested negative, CSK is also looking forward to play the opening game of the IPL 2020 against defending champions Mumbai Indians.
According to the sources, the marquee clash between the two giants of IPL is now likely to go ahead. The official fixtures would be announced on Friday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announced on Thursday.
CSK has informed the governing council that they were “game” with playing the match.
“We never had a problem with playing the opening game of IPL 2020. It will be the IPL Governing Council decision. We are game for the opener against the Mumbai Indians”, said CSK CEO
Sources also said that the tournament will be held across three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and all 60 matches will be held.
IPL 2020 Schedule : Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that schedule will be released on Friday
Meanwhile, the much awaited and delayed schedule of the Indian Premier League will be released today. BCCI president Ganguly declared on Thursday that if all goes well, schedule will be released on Friday.
“We understand schedules are delayed. It is almost on the verge of getting final and should be released by Friday”, said Ganguly.
The BCCI has been handed exemption from quarantine for all the franchise and now players will not have to self-isolate upon travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi or Sharjah to Abu Dhabi. However, everyone associated with IPL 2020 will have to maintain the strict protocols linked to the bio-secure environment created by the respective franchises.
With all decks cleared now in regard to the permission IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel will release the schedule today in Dubai.
It has also been learnt that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will be in Dubai on Tuesday to personally look after the preparations and subsequently start of IPL 2020.
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