Covid cases continue to hit IPL franchises as Chennai Super Kings batting coach and former Australian batsman Mike Hussey became the latest to test positive for the deadly contagion.
Chennai Super Kings is one of four IPL franchises that have struggled with the increase in Covid cases over the past two days. Hussey is the third person to test positive for the Wuhan virus after bowling coach L. Balaji and a bus driver, who tested positive in consecutive tests on Monday.
A CSK official told ANI that Mike Hussey has now gone for a retest to confirm whether the first test was a false positive or not.
His sample turned out positive and was retested and we can only find out after receiving this report, ”the official told ANI.
When asked about the other players, the CSK official said that while the Indian players are returning home, the foreign players are waiting for confirmation from BCCI on the travel itinerary.
“The players started to move with Balaji remaining in isolation despite testing positive. Foreign players await confirmation from BCCI on the travel itinerary while Indian players return home, ”he said.
The BCCI on Tuesday suspended the 14th season of the Indian Premier League with immediate effect due to increasing cases of Covid among players and support staff.
While KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive on Sunday, which led to the postponement of the KKR-RCB match, CSK’s bowling coach Balaji and a bus driver also tested positive.
The final nail in the coffin was laid on Tuesday when Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and SunRisers Hyderabad stumper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the virus.
With the suspension of the IPL and the travel ban imposed by most countries on passengers arriving from India, there are many apprehensions among foreign players about their safe return home. However, the BCCI reiterated that it will do its best to ensure the safe repatriation of all recruits abroad.
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