Chennai Super Kings set for COVID-19 lockdown

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Indian news outlets are reporting that one of the Indian Premier League’s heavyweights is unlikely to take the field for their next match – while a player for another has tested positive.

Sunrisers Hyderabad keeper Wriddhiman Saha has tested positive for COVID-19, with the status of their match today against Mumbai Indians up in the air.

“Chennai Super Kings are unlikely to play their next match against Rajasthan Royals which is scheduled on Wednesday as the entire CSK squad moves into six-day hard quarantine after the Covid-19 crisis hit IPL 2021,” India Today said.

“The CSK squad is currently stationed in Delhi and had to cancel their practice session after the news of the positive results broke out.”

The news comes in the wake of a statement from the club, confirming that bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a member of the travel support staff both tested positive, and have been isolated from the rest of the team.

Fierce debate has continued for weeks about the continuation of the IPL in India, as the country’s COVID-19 situation continues to spiral out of control.

About a dozen Australian cricketers are still in India playing in the IPL, including Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn – while many others have already returned home.

Last night’s scheduled match between Kolkata and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after confirmation of the positive cases amongst the Knight Riders playing group.

India recorded more than 368,000 coronavirus infections yesterday, and 3417 deaths from the disease.

On Monday, Australian players Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting from Kolkata, and Jason Behrendorff, who was brought into the Super Kings as a replacement for Josh Hazelwood, all tested negative.

Mike and David Hussey who are assistant coaches for Chennai and Kolkata respectively, also tested negative.

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