Raina, the former India worldwide and record runscorer for CSK, returned home due to apprehensions about living in a lonely, bio-secure environment with news of colleagues testing positive for Covid-19, combined with a personal tragedy, ESPNCricinfo reported. "Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time", said CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan via CSK twitter handle on Saturday.
According to reports, on Friday (August 28), members of the CSK contingent tested positive for the deadly virus after landing in Dubai.
It is understood that the COVID-19 case load of one franchise (13) has made a lot of players as well as support staff wary about the situation as they remain in bio bubble for next two and half months. This is the third time that IPL is held outside India after 2009 hosted by South Africa and in 2014 jointly by India and UAE due to general elections held in those years. "The biggest aspect will be whether foreign cricketers will now start panicking as they are more touchy about these issues", said an official.
Just when fans were trying to grasp the development, reports came in that one more CSK player has tested positive. But around13 members of CSK were tested positive in the last couple of days.
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"A right-arm medium fast bowler, who has recently played for India, along with a few staff members have tested positive for Covid-19", a source in the IPL was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. "Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors players have learnt to co-exist", said Srinivasan.
It is believed that the positive test results are from the final round of testing in the UAE, which is part of IPL's Covid-19 protocols comprising three tests that are mandatory for every person who is part of the tournament.
The Super Kings, before their arrival in the UAE, had held a five-day training camp in Chennai.
The relatives of the former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, had been attacked in Tharyal village of Madhopur area, Pathankot.