The BCCI has updated its protocols to allow England and Australian players to be available for the IPL from the first match itself. Australia will tour to the United Kindom for three T20Is and as many ODI’s by the end of August. The teams will face each other in a limited-overs series in Manchester and Southampton and will be kept in a biosecure environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Australian team will arrive in the UK on the 24th of August. Australians will be led in the series by Aaron Finch and will feature in an international match for the first time after March 2020 when they last played against New Zealand.
The teams will leave for UAE on 17th of August and the previous guidelines stated that because of travelling the teams had to follow a mandatory six-day quarantine before joining with their respective squads.
English and Australian stars should be available for our first IPL match: RR COO
Rajasthan Royals COO confirmed that BCCI has updated their protocols which would allow the England and Australian players to play from the IPL’s first match-week. The players will travel to UAE on 17th August after finishing the bilateral series on 16th August in the UK.
“The BCCI protocols have actually been updated in the last few days and I’m pleased to say our English and Australian stars playing in the series pre IPL should be available for our first IPL match. Either way, we have a quality squad with the depth to manage any situation,” McCrum told ANI.
“The English and Australian players will be competing against each other in a high-quality series right before the IPL which has many positives, the most important being it will enable them to be at full match fitness. I’m sure they will hit the ground running in the UAE for the IPL,” he added.
This decision gives immense benefits to RR who have many Australian and England stars in their team including Steve Smith leading the franchise and Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer.
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RR COO also explained how BCCI has planned to cope up with anyone testing positive in the IPL camp
“Suspected or positive cases will immediately be isolated from the team and the case will be managed by the team doctor in accordance with the IPL medical team. Contract tracing will begin immediately,” McCrum stated.
“The BCCI has put together a list of accredited hospitals that will be fully equipped to handle all such cases. All cases will, however, be treated as per set guidelines and protocols of the UAE government,” McCrum said.
As per SOPs issued by the BCCI, the players have to undergo RT-PCR tests on Day 1, 3, and 6 of the quarantine phase and then they will be entering the bio-bubble provided they test negative on all three occasions.