CSK vs MI inaugural match set to go ahead as planned, fixtures likely on Saturday
Chennai Super Kings are the only team to have not begun training after arriving in the UAE. However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said the team is likely to begin training in Dubai from Friday, provided all the other members test negative for Covid-19 in Thursday's test. Viswanathan also said CSK will be ready to play the opening fixture if required.
CSK were also dealt a major blow as their vice-captain Suresh Raina pulled out of IPL 2020, citing personal reasons. The 3-time champions will be without their vice-captain as they begin their bid for a 4th title in the upcoming edition.
Suresh Raina rubbished rumors of a rift in the camp and said he had to head back to India for personal reasons. Raina conceded that he was a bit concerned about the Covid-19 cases but did not rule out the chances of a comeback.
CSK boss N Srinivasan, when asked about the possibility of Raina returning to the UAE, said he doesn't interfere in team management.
"I have treated him like one (son). The reason for CSK's success in IPL over the years is because of the fact that the franchise never poked its nose into cricketing matters. India Cements has been running cricket since the '60s. I will always remain like that," N Srinivasan told the Press Trust of India.
"Look, please understand, that that's not my domain (whether Raina will come back or not) at all. We own a team, we own the franchise but we do not own players. The team is ours but the players are not. I don't own the players."
CSK and MI were scheduled to meet in the opening match of the tournament before it was postponed from April-May due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.