Two members of CSK contingent test positive for Covid-19, CEO tests negative

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03 May 2021 | 09:51 AM
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Two members of CSK contingent test positive for Covid-19, CEO tests negative

One of the three was bowling coach L Balaji, who was in the dugout during CSK's last-ball defeat to Mumbai Indians

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Three members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent, including bowling coach L Balaji have tested positive for Covid-19. The other two members are CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan and a bus cleaner, according to ESPNCricinfo. However, the rest of the members, have tested negative. A top BCCI source declared theirs as a case of "false positives". As a result of this development, Chennai have cancelled their practice session, according to the New Indian Express.

The trio took a fresh test on Monday (May 3) to rule out a possibility of a false positive. If they are to test positive, they will have to spend 10 days in a designated isolation area outside the team's bio-secure bubble and have to produce two negative tests before entering the bubble again. 

Earlier, today, the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was postponed after two members of Kolkata tested positive for the coronavirus. 

This is not the first time a member of CSK has tested positive for Covid-19. Last year, opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and fast bowler Deepak Chahar tested positive in Dubai ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Additionally, a few groundsmen at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, which is due to host Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday, have also tested positive for the virus. However, Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) chief Rohan Jaitley said "none of the groundsmen on duty" are among them.

UPDATE : Later it is revealed that CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has tested negative on RT-PCR tests conducted later.

(With inputs from PTI)

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