Deepak Chahar gets BCCI clearance to start training for IPL 2020 (PC: Instagram/ Deepak Chahar)
Chennai Super Kings Deepak Chahar and one more cricketer had tested positive for the dreaded virus along with several other members of the CSK contingent after reaching Dubai for the league. On Wednesday, Chahar returned a second negative test for coronavirus, paving way for his return to team bubble in the UAE, where IPL starts September 19.
He had to undergo a cardiovascular test as per BCCI protocol before he could hit the nets. Now, he will start training from Friday, having got the necessary BCCI clearance following his recovery from COVID-19.
“He will start training from today. He has got necessary clearance from BCCI. The team is training hard and in good shape. We are looking forward to our first game,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told PTI.
Last year’s runners-up CSK face defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament-opener on September 19.
Another player, a batsman, who was tested positive shortly after team’s arrival in Dubai, will be tested on Saturday.
CSK were the last team to start training after 13 members of their contingent tested positive. Another setback was Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulling out of the tournament due to personal reasons.
“We will miss our senior players but at the same time, it is an opportunity for others to stand up and prove themselves. We are confident of doing the job well with what we have,” he added.
However, Deepak has completed 14 day isolation in a separate hotel.
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