The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an official statement on Saturday confirmed that 13 personnel, including two players, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The statement from the governing body for cricket in India has come after over a dozen members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent were reported to have been infected by the virus in Dubai. As of now, the BCCI has not revealed the names of the players. 

BCCI's statement is as follows: "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put in place stringent health and safety protocols for the Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 Season, which is scheduled to start from September 19th in the UAE."

It further added, "Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine programme. Total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20th – 28th across all participant groups in the UAE. These groups include Players, Support Staff, Team Management, BCCI Staff, IPL Operational team, Hotel and ground transport Staff."

BCCI also stated, "13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team. As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 Season."

Chennai Super Kings were set to begin their training for IPL 2020 on Friday, but postponed the plans after team members tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the guidelines, players and members of the support staff will remain quarantined. During this interim period, CSK players and the staff including the coaches will undergo more rounds of testing where their tests will have to come out negative for them to begin training for IPL 2020 from September 1. Earlier in the day, CSK batsman Suresh Raina returned home and will remain unavailable for the entirety of the season. 

The 53-day cash-rich IPL 2020 is scheduled to begin on September 19 with the final to be played on November 10. The tournament will be played in three venues - Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.