Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has reacted after members of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent in Dubai tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) ahead of IPL 2020.

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Former India captain Ganguly said he is hoping that CSK start the cash-rich Twenty20 league as per the schedule. However, the BCCI is yet to release fixtures of IPL 2020, which will start on September 19.

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Speaking for the first time after more than 10 CSK members including two players tested COVID positive, Ganguly hoped IPL “will be conducted well”.

“I cannot comment on the situation of CSK. We will see if they can start as per schedule. I hope the IPL will be conducted well. We have a long schedule for the tournament and I sincerely hope everything will go on just fine,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Times of India on Sunday (August 30).

On Saturday, CSK’s key player Suresh Raina pulled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. According to media reports, the left-hander withdrew due to fears over the deadly virus.

Also, reports stated that another CSK player Harbhajan Singh is still not decided whether to head to the UAE or not.