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Dubai: In another blow for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has decided to pull out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 citing personal reasons.

Harbhajan Singh will be the second player from the CSK after Suresh Raina to withdraw from the upcoming 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 slated to be played from September 19 to November 10 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On the other hand, CSK will start their training from today ahead of the IPL 2020 after all their players, except the two infected with coronavirus, tested negative for Covid-19 in their latest round of testing.

"The training starts from today. All others, apart from the 13, tested negative for the third time. Those who tested positive will only be tested after the isolation period (two weeks) is over," CSK CEO KS Viswanathan told PTI.

Sources in the know of development confirmed to IANS that all players and support staff, who underwent their third round of testing on Thursday, have returned negative and will start training from Friday evening.

Last week, two players and 11 others of the CSK contingent had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and were subsequently put in isolation. They will undergo test after completing their mandatory 14-day isolation period. They need to return with two negative tests before being allowed to train.

The Chennai-based franchise is the last to start with their training as all other franchises have been sweating it out on the field since the start of this week.

(With inputs from IANS/PTI)

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