Ahead of the Indian Premier League 2020, which is set to commence on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates, franchises have started testing their players and staff for COVID-19 in accordance with the BCCI protocols.

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has tested negative for COVID-19 and is cleared to join the pre-season conditioning camp of the team in Chennai scheduled between Aug 15-20.

The team is scheduled to leave for the UAE on August 21.

As per the protocols set by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) ahead of the cash-rich tournament, it is mandatory for players and staff to go through two COVID-19 tests before reaching the Gulf country.

The Ranchi stalwart and teammate Monu Kumar Singh took the COVID-19 test and both have tested negative for the virus, which is the reason behind the delay of this year’s edition of the IPL.

Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik, who is currently in his hometown Udaipur, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and has been advised to be in quarantine for 14 days.

According to the BCCI SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for IPL 2020, anyone who tests positive for the virus will be quarantined for two weeks and will have to undergo two tests post that. It is mandatory to test negative in both the tests in order to be allowed to leave for UAE.

The IPL 2020 will be held between September 19 to November 10. The matches will be held in three cities — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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