Dubai, September 16
Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, remains in isolation and is unlikely to be available for the team's IPL opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said the India A batsman was doing "absolutely fine" but had not yet got the BCCI's clearance to join the team's bio-bubble.
"Ruturaj has still not been cleared by the BCCI medical team and is in isolation. He is unlikely to be available for the first match. We are expecting him back in the (bubble) in the next couple of days and he is doing absolutely fine," said Viswanathan.
Thirteen members of the CSK contingent, including two players, tested positive for the virus last month.
While Deepak Chahar, along with 11 others, has recovered and resumed training after clearing his mandatory two tests, Gaikwad remains in isolation.
Gaikwad underwent tests on Sunday and Monday, the results of which are not known. After clearing the COVID test after the 14-day quarantine, a player is also needed to undergo a cardiovascular and lung function test to ensure he is fit to train.
Gaikwad is seen as Raina's replacement in the team after the latter pulled out of the tournament and flew back home due to personal reasons. Senior spinner Harbhajan Singh has also withdrawn due to personal reasons.
Visawanthan said the team had not decided on their replacements yet. PTI
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