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Chennai Super Kings in trouble as Raina leaves and virus cases rise

Dubai, Saturday: The Indian Premier League on Saturday confirmed that two players have tested positive for coronavirus before the start of the world’s richest Twenty20 tournament and reports said they were from Chennai Super Kings.

The three-time champions also lost key batsman Suresh Raina for “personal reasons” and doubts are growing whether they will take part in the gala opening game on September 19.

The much-delayed IPL has been moved to the United Arab Emirates because of the growth of the pandemic in India and teams are being kept in strict isolation bubbles.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said two players and 11 other support staff and officials have Covid-19 but did not name the team involved.

“Thirteen personnel have tested positive of which two are players,” said a BCCI statement.

“All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members,” said the board, which added that about 2,000 tests had been carried out on players and staff since August 20.

Indian media reports said bowler Deepak Chahar, an Indian one-day international, was one of the two players while the other was a batsman, though not Raina.

The team now face questions over their decision to hold a training camp in their home city before heading to Dubai. - AFP

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