The Australia and English cricketers have already landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). All these players are most likely to be available from the first game of the IPL 2020 as these players are facing the shortened 36-hour quarantine after landing in the UAE.
Recently, both the Aussie and English cricketers were busy in the limited-overs series in England. A total of 21 cricketers from Australia and England landed in the UAE on Thursday (17th September).
Earlier, it was decided that the overseas cricketers would have to undergo the six-day quarantine period before beginning their cricket in the IPL 2020. It means that these Australian and English players would have to miss at least the first match of their respective teams in the IPL 2020.
Recently, according to some media reports, some of the franchises and these overseas players requested to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shorten the quarantine period in the IPL 2020 from 6-day to 3-day.
Now, a senior IPL official has confirmed that all the Australian and English cricketers have to now undergo 36-hour quarantine. So, all these players are likely to be available from the very first game of the IPL 2020.
The official told PTI, “Yes, I can confirm that all the English and Australian players have to now undergo 36-hour quarantine instead of six days. The matter has been sorted and most of the teams will now have their big stars available from the first game itself.”
On this Saturday (19th September) evening, IPL 2020 will begin with the match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
The senior official also revealed how the testing will be conducted on these players.
The official added, “They have undergone one rapid test before boarding (the flight) and will undergo another on arrival. Otherwise, the robust testing protocols will be followed as usual. The rationale behind the move is that all the players are entering from one bio-bubble to another.”
IPL 2020: The BCCI did a great job in reducing the quarantine period to 36 hours – a franchise official
On the other hand, the franchises are happy after the BCCI has managed to shorten the quarantine period for the Australian and English cricketers that make them available to begin their journey in the IPL 2020 from the very first game of their respective teams.
A franchise official claimed, “The BCCI did a great job in reducing the quarantine period to 36 hours. This means teams like Chennai Super Kings (Josh Hazlewood and Tom Curran), Rajasthan Royals (Smith, Buttler, Archer) will have all their players available from their first game. Ditto for Kings XI Punjab that has Glenn Maxwell in its roster and Delhi Capitals that has Alex Carry.”
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the entire IPL 2020. Before this, South Africa hosted the complete IPL 2009 while the UAE organised the first 20 matches of the IPL 2014.