Positive cases mean is that the IPL opener, which is traditionally played between the previous season’s finalists, is in doubt with CSK being the runners-up in 2019.
The COVID-19 positive tests mean CSK will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period instead of six days which will greatly affect their preparations.
According to a report, to ensure enough star power on the field, Rohit Sharma-led defending champions Mumbai Indians could open the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore of Virat Kohli.
“It could possibly be Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) because in the first match, you’ll need star players on the field. If MS Dhoni is missing, then it has to be Virat Kohli,” English daily quoted unnamed sources as saying.
Meanwhile, the English daily has also reported that the franchises are unhappy with the way BCCI has been dealing with the situation with ‘no communication’ from the Indian cricket board.
Reportedly, lights went off at a practice venue while a team was training and another team’s staff is yet to “receive the tracking devices.”
Franchises have also written to BCCI to confirm the fixtures even as they figure out how to commute between Abu Dhabi and Dubai which have different regulations for the corona virus pandemic.
The BCCI through a statement confirmed 13 cases of corona virus infections in CSK camp without divulging their names. “They should have at least told us about the members, who all got infected. For our safety,” an unnamed team source was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
IPL betting racket busted in Karnataka, one held
With the arrest of one person, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru police claimed to have busted an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket running in the city. They also recovered Rs 30 lakh and a mobile phone from his possession.
According to the CCB, the arrested accused has been identified as Santhosh (33), a resident of Banashankari in the city.
The police added that Santhosh was arrested from a petrol pump on Tuesday where he had allegedly come to share the betting money with those who had bet with him.
A police officer said that the accused had organised betting during an IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on Monday night.
The officer added that Santhosh used to organise the betting racket after collecting data from Lotusbook247.com, Kingexchange.com and playwin99.com.
The official said these websites provide data in various forms such as win-loss ratio, balls-runs ratio, and death over bowling ratio etc by individual bowlers of a team.
“Bookies generally use these sites to organise their betting,” he said.
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