IPL 2020 Schedule Update : Chennai Super Kings will now not play the opening game of IPL 2020

It is getting from bad to worse for both the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Along with more than dozen Covid-19 positives in the team, CSK has now also lost the services of their crisis man & the vice captain Suresh Raina. Raina as declared by CSK will not be available for complete season of IPL 2020 because of personal reasons and has already returned to India. 
 
Due to these unfortunate developments, MS Dhoni led CSK will not be seen in the opening game of IPL 2020. It is worth noting that, CSK was scheduled to play Mumbai Indians in the opening game of the 13th edition of IPL 2020 according to the earlier released schedule by BCCI
 
It was being speculated not only by the media but also confirmed by the IPL players themselves that the opening game of the IPL 2020 will be contested by two of the most successful teams in IPL i.e 4 times champions Mumbai Indians & 3 time winner Chennai Super Kings. Captain of the Mumbai team Rohit Sharma himself had confirmed the news via his twitter update. 
 
But now according to the sources, BCCI has decided to change the schedule to give CSK more time to recoup from the ongoing crisis in their camp. 
 
CSK which is now under complete quarantine for the next 6 days can’t resume practice till all of the players test negative after completion of the quarantine period. This means even if all goes well, CSK can resume practice only by the middle of the next week. 
 
Not only this, CSK players who have tested positive will be in quarantine for next two weeks. Over and above this, some of the CSK squad members are playing in CPL 2020 and can only join the team after completion of 6 day quarantine in Dubai on either 17th-18th August. 
 
This is the reason, BCCI will now not feature CSK in the opening game of the IPL 2020 and rather Mumbai Indians will face some other team. 
 
’They will now not be in a position to contest the opening game of the IPL 2020. We will give CSK few more days to come out of this setback’, said one of the BCCI official to InsideSport. 
 

IPL 2020 Schedule : Announcement of IPL 2020 schedule may get delayed further

The unfortunate development around the CSK team will also peg BCCI back in their preparations for the smooth conduct of IPL 2020. The schedules of IPL 2020 are already awaited for a long time and now it will get delayed further.

 
The IPL 2020 is just 20 days and it was expected that the much delayed schedule will be announced on Saturday. The IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel currently in Dubai also had confirmed to InsideSport that the schedules will be released before Sunday. But now according to a report by TOI claims that IPL 2020 schedules and fixtures announcement may get delayed further due to unfortunate turn of events in the CSK camp. 
 
“Adequate measures are in place to tackle the situation and there is no immediate threat to the tournament. But the announcement of fixtures has been delayed because of this development,” a top BCCI source told TOI.