Chennai Super Kings' troubles to kickstart preparations for IPL 2020 continue to aggravate after it emerged that another player from the squad has tested positive for coronavirus.
The development follows a day after the news of ten people in the CSK camp yielding positive results for Covid-19 tests.
These ten individuals mostly comprised of members of the support staff and net bowlers but also included an active Indian limited-overs cricketer.
According to reports, the second virus-infected player is a right-handed top-order batsman who has been a part of India A teams in the past and a prolific run-scorer in the domestic scene.
The three-time IPL winners have already extended their quarantine period to September 1, though they will begin training without the presence of senior player Suresh Raina. The veteran all-rounder has flown back to India and won't be available for the upcoming season, citing 'personal reasons' behind his decision to withdraw from the tournament.
According to the IPL SOP's, the persons who have tested positive will have to undergo two-week isolation and would be allowed to reintegrate with the squad only after testing negative twice in 24 hours.
"A total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20-28 across all participant groups in the UAE. These groups include players, support staff, team management, BCCI staff, IPL operational team, hotel and ground transport Staff," the BCCI said in a media release.
"13 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 obstacles faced by the CSK camp leave them in a bit of a quandary as they gear up to improve their runners-up finish in last year's competition.