IPL 2020 in UAE: ‘Testing’ before T20 for Australian and English players | Cricket News
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MUMBAI: With the white ball series between England and Australia, which will conclude on September 16 and the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to start on the 19th, the likes of David warner, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Ben stokes, Pat cummins and it seems unlikely that others will join their respective teams until the end of the first week of the event.
The UAE government, in the midst of implementing its own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for this year’s edition, will force any foreign traveler who arrives there to undergo a week’s quarantine, including two Covid tests.
Yes Hyderabad Sunrises and Rajasthan Royals, for example, end up playing a game in opening week, both of whom will have to miss out on their respective captains, Warner & Smith, until their quarantine week ends.
These are some of the multiple precautionary measures that are being planned for the tournament as the virus threat persists.
Meanwhile, all the cricket boards, which will see their respective cricket players participate in the IPL, have given their NOCs for the IPL and will now go to the franchises to bring these players to the UAE and vice versa. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is scheduled to conclude on September 10 and the players involved in the final will arrive in the United Arab Emirates before the end of the second week, one week before the start of the tournament.
The Sri Lanka Premier League will also be operational until mid-September, but the IPL is unlikely to be affected by any absence, except for the possibility of Lasith Malinga missing the first week.
“Player availability is no longer the concern. It is about taking them to the UAE and seeing them through the quarantine window,” say those in the know. Despite the fact that the IPL Governing Council did not announce the date for an official meeting, still awaiting the official approval of the center, the franchises have begun to make their respective reservations, including accommodation and travel.
Team India support staff including physical therapist Nitin Patel and coach Nick Webb will be in the UAE during the IPL to coordinate with national team players who will tour Australia after the league. “They have coordinated with the players for the past four months through videoconferencing. In the UAE, they will have the opportunity for better interaction,” say those who make the necessary arrangements.
The BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (BCE) share accommodation details with franchises at discounted rates. It is now up to franchises to consider it or make their own arrangements.