NEW DELHI/DUBAI, Aug 29: Two cricketers among a total of 13 COVID-19 cases and all-rounder Suresh Raina�s pull-out owing to �personal reasons� caused quite a bit of turbulence for the upcoming IPL on Saturday with Chennai Super Kings being the worst hit franchise.
Raina, who retired from international cricket earlier this month, decided to �return home for personal reasons� as his team CSK grappled with 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases in its camp. The tournament starts September 19 and will be played across three cities in the UAE.
�Thirteen personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team,� the BCCI press release stated without naming the franchise.
The two players who have tested positive include a white-ball T20 specialist seamer for India and a top-order India A batsman. The Board did not reveal any names.
The BCCI stated that a total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID-19 tests were carried out between August 20 and 28 across all participant groups in the UAE. � PTI