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Deepak Chahar, one more Chennai Super Kings player in IPL 2020 test COVID19 positive: Report

Earlier today, Chennai Super Kings also announced that Suresh Raina, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket along with MS Dhoni, will not be playing IPL 2020 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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Deepak Chahar, one more Chennai Super Kings player in IPL 2020 test COVID19 positive: Report
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With the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) just a few days away, two Chennai Super Kings players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus according to the latest developments. As per reports, the players who have tested positive are young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and pacer Deepak Chahar.

However, the Chennai-based franchise is yet to officially release a statement on it.

Earlier today, CSK also announced that Suresh Raina, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket along with MS Dhoni, will not be playing IPL 2020 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In a statement released by the franchise CEO Kasi Viswanathan, it read, "Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time."

The latest development is a further blow to the Chennai Super Kings campaign, which is presently in disarray after one team player and 11 staff members were tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

The entire CSK squad, including support staff and officials, underwent their fourth COVID-19 test on Friday. The results of the latest tests will come out on Saturday. They further added that no support staff member has tested positive and only a member of social media team and two net bowlers have returned positive. An official statement is likely to be released by CSK shortly. With the 13th edition of the IPL just less than a month away, teams are gearing up to prepare for the tournament which will be held in the UAE in a bio-secure environment.

In Abu Dhabi, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders began their practice sessions after being in quarantine for close to six days. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI PUnjab have also started training as they were the earliest to come to the UAE. However, the situation in Chennai Super Kings is proving to be worrisome and it will take a lot of effort to ensure the tournament goes through without any more COVID mishaps.

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