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IPL 2020: CSK To Start Training, Harbhajan Singh Likely to Miss IPL 2020

Chennai Super Kings players, except for the Covid-19 afflicted duo of Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, will start training from Friday evening.

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 4 Sep 2020 7:01 AM GMT

IPL 2020: CSK To Start Training, Harbhajan Singh Likely to Miss IPL 2020
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Chennai Super Kings players, except for the Covid-19 afflicted duo of Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, will start training from Friday evening after clearing a third round of testing for the virus in Dubai.

IPL in Covid Times:

The results are a major relief to the franchise, which was hit by 13 positive cases last week. The event is due to start on September 19 and will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

“The training starts from today. All others, apart from the 13, tested negative for the third time. Those who tested positive will only be tested after the isolation period (two weeks) is over,” CSK CEO KS Viswanathan told PTI.

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Deepak and Ruturaj, along with 11 staff members of the contingent, will be tested twice by the end of next week when their 14-day isolation period gets over. They need to return with two negative tests before being allowed to train.

CSK starting off with their training is good news for the IPL governing council as it means that their marquee opening-round clash against the Mumbai Indians on September 19 “is very much on” contrary to some media speculation.

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No word on Harbhajan Singh

There is no confirmation either from veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh or the CSK about the delay in the off-spinner joining the camp. There is speculation that he might pull out of the tournament due to personal reasons. Viswanathan declined to comment on the issue.

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However, the 13th IPL was moved out of India due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. The IPL will be held across three venues in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.

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