IPL 2020 : Karun Nair tests Covid-19 negative, will join team at UAE

Indian batsman Karun Nair tested positive for COVID-19 last month. The Kings XI Punjab batsman has now recovered and will travel to the UAE for the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting September 19.

Nair reportedly remained in self-isolation for more than two weeks before testing negative for coronavirus.

Mohali: Karun Nair of Kings XI Punjab in action during an IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on April 19, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Although the franchise didn’t comment on the issue but a BCCI source told PTI that Nair tested negative on August 8. Nair will now have to clear three more compulsory tests with the contingent to be able to fly to the UAE on August 20.

“He is absolutely fine now. He was asymptomatic throughout and was feeling okay. His test came negative after two weeks and he has even resumed personal training. Now, he will be tested like all other squad members before the team leaves for UAE,” the source said.

The 28-year-old will play alongside Mayank Agarwal and K L Rahul.

The team will be based in Dubai. All players and support staff will undergo a six-day quarantine period upon arrival. They will need to return three negative tests for entering the bio-bubble and begin training.

Nair has scored a triple hundred in Tests. He last played for India in 2017. He has been a part of the IPL team KXIP since 2018.

This edition of IPL will take place across three venues in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. IPL 2020 will take place between September 19 and November 10.


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