CHENNAI: All Chennai Super Kings players who are not in quarantine underwent a Covid-19 test on Thursday, and all of them have tested negative.
While it has paved the way for them to start practice in Dubai from Friday, one understands that they have also been unofficially told that they will play the opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19.
The official fixtures would be announced on Friday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announced on Thursday.
The CSK players at the team hotel are obviously upbeat about the fact that there has been no further problem after Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested Covid-19 positive.
There were suggestions that the first game which, as per convention, includes last year’s champion and finalist, may see a change with RCB taking CSK’s place.
But CSK never asked for a postponement of their game and one understands that BCCI was waiting for the final test results.
Mumbai Indians, too, won’t be averse to the idea of playing CSK in the first game, because there is a perception that they could be a little undercooked going into the game.
“It’s not a problem at all. We will be happy to play game 1 if we are asked to,” a CSK source said.


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