Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja to miss Chennai Super Kings camp

CHENNAI: Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and pacer Shardul Thakur will miss the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp starting in the city from Saturday. Their move comes on the back of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja‘s decision to stay away from the six-day camp due to personal reasons.
However, the rest of the Indian contingent spearheaded by Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived in the city on Friday evening. The camp is scheduled to kick off at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday evening.
A source informed that the trio of Harbhajan, Jadeja and Thakur will reach the city on August 19. CSK are scheduled to depart for Dubai ahead of the IPL starting on September 19. “Harbhajan and Thakur had a few personal commitments and we understand that. However, they have already started training on their own. So we aren’t worried about them missing our camp. They are expected to join the squad by August 19,” the source said.
The rest of the players like Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav have already entered the bio-bubble created by the CSK management after having reached the city. The camp will see Dhoni’s much-awaited return into action. Apart from a brief CSK practice camp back in March, the former India skipper had last played competitive cricket in the World Cup last year.
It was learnt that the players will not be allowed to use gyms or swimming pool during their stay at the hotel. As part of precautionary measures, the players will also undergo another Covid-19 test on Monday after having taken the first test at their respective homes last Wednesday.
At Chepauk, the players will be training at the main ground where three wickets have been prepared for their use. Each player will be supplied with ice boxes with their names on it for water and given separate towels too. There will be no air-conditioning inside the dressing room.
TNCA members in a bio-bubble as well
The TNCA carried out as many as 80 Covid-19 tests over the last couple of days to ensure that no infected member is allowed inside the stadium for the upcoming six days. “We have as many as 35 groundsmen and markers. The reports test returned negative. We have prepared eight wickets out of which they will use two and one is for tapping. We will have regular temperature checks and every member has been asked to bring sanitisers along. No one is allowed without a mask,” a TNCA official said.
TNCA requests fans to stay away from practice
Thousands of fans thronged the MA Chidambaram stadium to watch Dhoni and their favourite CSK stars practising before lockdown. This time, though, the TNCA wants them to stay away due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. “We have had meetings with the police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Agarwal regarding the management of crowd in case they turn out in huge numbers. We request the fans to stay away and respect the protocols,” the official said.

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