IPL 2020: Australia, England players reach UAE; get privileges

Two days before the first ball will be bowled in the Indian Premier League 2020, the Australian and English players have reached the UAE after participating in the two white-ball series in England.

The players have been accorded special privileges, concessions in the COVID-19 protocol for quarantine.

The 21 Australian and English players, who are members of different IPL franchises, arrived in Dubai on late Thursday evening from the United Kingdom ahead of the opening match of the world’s richest T20 tournament on Saturday.

The players, including the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, landed in the UAE late evening (UAE time) in a chartered flight from the UK after featuring in a white ball series which ended on Wednesday.

Warner and some other players travelled wearing Personal Protection Kits (PPEs) in view of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the BCCI to shift the league out of India this year.

All of them will undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 in Dubai and the three Kolkata Knight Riders players – Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins – will then proceed for Abu Dhabi, where their team is based.

Only KKR and defending champions Mumbai Indians are based in Abu Dhabi while the remaining six franchises are in Dubai.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has relaxed the mandatory quarantine rule for the players staying in Dubai.

All the Australian and English players who arrived in the UAE will undergo just 36 hours of quarantine instead of the earlier prescribed six days after the BCCI under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership has been able to successfully sort out the issue with local authorities in the UAE.

However, the players travelling to Abu Dhabi will have to stay in isolation for six days. But they will also be available for selection for the Kolkata Knight Riders first match on September 23 against Mumbai Indians.

Two days before the first ball will be bowled in the Indian Premier League 2020, the Australian and English players have reached the UAE after participating in the two white-ball series in England.

The players have been accorded special privileges, concessions in the COVID-19 protocol for quarantine.

The 21 Australian and English players, who are members of different IPL franchises, arrived in Dubai on late Thursday evening from the United Kingdom ahead of the opening match of the world’s richest T20 tournament on Saturday.

The players, including the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, landed in the UAE late evening (UAE time) in a chartered flight from the UK after featuring in a white ball series which ended on Wednesday.

Warner and some other players travelled wearing Personal Protection Kits (PPEs) in view of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the BCCI to shift the league out of India this year.

All of them will undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 in Dubai and the three Kolkata Knight Riders players – Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins – will then proceed for Abu Dhabi, where their team is based.

Only KKR and defending champions Mumbai Indians are based in Abu Dhabi while the remaining six franchises are in Dubai.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has relaxed the mandatory quarantine rule for the players staying in Dubai.

All the Australian and English players who arrived in the UAE will undergo just 36 hours of quarantine instead of the earlier prescribed six days after the BCCI under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership has been able to successfully sort out the issue with local authorities in the UAE.

However, the players travelling to Abu Dhabi will have to stay in isolation for six days. But they will also be available for selection for the Kolkata Knight Riders first match on September 23 against Mumbai Indians.

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