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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians might face RCB for opening match

The BCCI might replace CSK with RCB for the opening match against Mumbai amidst the news of CSK team members testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians might face RCB for opening match
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Several reports have suggested that the BCCI might replace CSK with RCB for the opening match against Mumbai amidst the news of CSK team members testing positive for the novel coronavirus. The team is also said to observe a 14-day quarantine period.

CSK CEO N Viswanathan in a shocking development had earlier confirmed that the two infected players, Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad will have to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period before joining the squad again.

The threat of the pandemic has posed to be a problem as it has raised several questions regarding the fate of the tournament. Josh Hazlewood, Australian speedster, who is currently with the Aussie camp touring England, had earlier stated that there have been concerns over the Australians travelling to the UAE for the IPL 2020. Hazlewood, who also belongs to the CSK, said that the Aussies would have discussions and also touch base with Cricket Australia before joining franchises in the IPL 2020.

Moreover, BCCI has asserted that it has engaged with VPS Healthcare to conduct tests for the coronavirus. As the board has mandated tests for the COVID-19 every 5th day, it is expected to conduct more than 20,000 RT-PCR tests throughout the two-month-long tournament. BCCI has also informed that it is expected to incur around ₹10 crores in order to conduct the testing for the coronavirus.

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