It’s getting more and more difficult for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to happen successfully amid a health emergency in India. While the players and support staff were said to be safe in a bio-secure bubble up until now, several COVID-19 cases have emerged now. While the news of KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive for the infection was confirmed by the franchise earlier, there is now a big news coming from the Chennai Super Kings camp.
At least three members from the CSK contingent have reportedly returned positive result for COVID-19. The Coronavirus positive members are from among the non-playing members.
According to Espn Cricinfo – CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, Bowling Coach Balaji and Bus Cleaner has been tested positive for COVID-19.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 3, 2021
Meanwhile, the entire hotel is being sanitised with the players being tested for the dreaded infection. The practice session scheduled have also been called off as a precautionary measure. While Kolkata members were playing their matches in Ahmedabad, Chennai are currently based in Delhi. In the latest update coming from the camp, none of the players have contracted the virus.
All players of Chennai Super Kings have tested negative for COVID19.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 3, 2021
IPL under serious threat
The tournament will be under serious threat if the reports of the Chennai members testing positive are confirmed by official sources. Since both the venues will not be in a position to host matches, either the tournament will have to be pushed back or called off which will be a big blow to several stakeholders involved.