The 32-year-old Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, who will serve for the Delhi Capitals (DC) for the first time in the upcoming IPL 2020, won’t mind if the families don’t allow during the entire IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As the coronavirus pandemic is still dominating the world, and India is really struggling to prevent this virus, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to organise the IPL 13 in the UAE. According to the IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel, the 13th edition of the IPL can be played from 19th September to 8th November 2020. However, some latest media reports have claimed that the final of the IPL 2020 can be shifted to 10th November 2020.
After landing in the UAE, every franchise will have to create their own bio-secure bubble and the rules will have to be followed strictly. If the IPL gets scheduled in the same timeline, the players and support staff will have to land in the UAE in mid-August.
While the players will be busy in the IPL 2020 from mid-August to early November 2020, Ajinkya Rahane would be happy to see his families in the UAE in that period.
But while the COVID-19 pandemic is still on, Rahane doesn’t want to take any risk and he is ready to miss his family during the IPL 2020 or for more period.
Rahane told Boria Majumdar in India Today’s show ‘Inspiration, “As an individual, you take COVID-19 situation aside, you would want your family to travel with you, but because of this situation, safety is important, safety of your wife, family and daughter, obviously safety of your teammates is really important. Right now, I feel first health and then cricket is really important. We had a good 4-5 months with our family (during the lockdown).”
Safety is really important: Ajinkya Rahane
According to the latest media reports, the BCCI has left it to the franchises to decide whether the family members should be allowed during the IPL 2020 or not. The media reports have also claimed that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and most of the other franchises don’t want to take any risk during the IPL 2020.
Rahane also believes that safety is really important and he is ready if the Delhi franchise doesn’t allow the family members during the IPL 13 in the UAE.
Rahane added, “As I said, safety of our family, safety of our players and safety of each and every individual is important. The decision is completely up to the franchises and the BCCI. But as I said, there is still corona around, you got to think about each and every individual, think about your family especially about my wife and daughter. Safety is really important.
“I don’t know what decisions they are going to take but if you take this Covid-19 situation aside, you want your family to be there with you to support you whenever you are on the tour.”
During the last pre-auction transfer window, Ajinkya Rahane left his long-term IPL side Rajasthan Royals (RR) as he was traded out to the Delhi Capitals.