Covid Hits CSK, Again! After Balaji, Michael Hussey Tests +ve

A day after Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji tested positive for Coronavirus, batting coach Michael Hussey is the latest to have contracted the novel virus. Hoping for a negative report like CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, Hussey has sent his samples again to be redone. As per a report in The Times of India, Hussey has self-isolated himself. Also Read – T20 World Cup Set for UAE Shift, BCCI To Remain Hosts

“Hussey tested positive. But his samples are being redone. Hopefully, the report will come negative,” said a source to TOI. Also Read – IPL 2021: BCCI To Consider September Window to Finish IPL

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Meanwhile, two members including Balaji had tested positive on Monday and that sends panic all across the IPL circles. Chennai last played Mumbai Indians on April 1. Not just this, two KKR players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – also tested positive for Covid. Also Read – IPL 2021 Postponement To Cost BCCI To The Tune Of ₹2000 Crore; Sponsors And Broadcasters Back Board’s Decision

What made things worse was that five DDCA groundsmen also contracted the virus. On Tuesday, Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra also tested positive. Finally, BCCI had no other option but to take this decision.

With the tournament already suspended indefinitely, it will not matter much. With only 29 games completed out of 60, BCCI is mulling over the possibility of finishing the remaining IPL matches in the month of September.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, a franchise official said, “A September window is being considered. By then the England-India series would be over and the foreign player would be ready for the T20 World Cup. That small window is being explored.”

The chairman of the IPL, Brijesh Patel didn’t rule out the possibility while adding, “Now we have to look for a window. If we get one, we will explore holding it. We’ll have to see if it is possible in September. We need to examine the plans of the ICC and other boards.”

Earlier, Cricket Journalist Anand Vasu had tweeted about setting up a fresh bubble in order to finish the tournament.

“The IPL has been suspended for the time being. Efforts on to set up a fresh bubble in Mumbai and look at a resumption. But, at the moment, it is far from certain that this will happen. #IPL,” Vasu tweeted.

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