After losing Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh for this year's Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings is now waiting on BCCI's medical team to give a green light to batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad who is in quarantine at the moment.
Looks like the 23-year-old batsman is unlikely to play in the team's opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19th.
As per the sources, Ruturaj was tested positive of COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. The player will need two negative tests before being cerified by BCCI's medical team to join the rest of the squad in training.
"Ruturaj has still not been cleared by BCCI medical team and is in isolation. He is unlikely to be available for the first match," CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (September 16).
Meanwhile, fast bowler Deepak Chahar, who had also contracted the virus, has made a swift recovery and is expected to play on Sept. 19. Chahar started the training in the nets only on Friday.
The franchise has confirmed that players arriving from the CPL, Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo, are fit and available for selection for the first match. But there is still uncertainty on the quarantine rules for players flying in on Thursday from the England-Australia series - Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood.