New Delhi: In dire straits of the Corona pandemic, sports authorities yet decided to conduct the Indian Premiere League in United Arab Emirates in the coming month. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday released an official statement informing through that a total of 13 people have tested positive for Covid-19 of which 2 were players after arriving in UAE for the IPL 2020.
In the official release BCCI also stated, “As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols, testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 Season.” BCCI’s release came just a day after several Chennai Super Kings members tested positive for Covid-19. On Saturday it came out that a second CSK player had tested positive.
All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts were asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team. Senior CSK cricketer and former India all-rounder Suresh Raina also had to return home. They will not be participating in this season’s tournament, which is scheduled to begin from September 19.
CSK’s Suresh Raina pulled out of tournament due to personal reasons. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put in place stringent health and safety protocols for the Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 Season, which is scheduled to start from September 19th in the UAE.
BCCI's official release stated, “Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine programme. 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.