England and Australia players, who are currently involved in a bilateral series in England, will be available for selection from the very first match of IPL 2020. Both the teams recently played a three-match T20I series and will now play a three-match ODI series. The series will end on September 16, just three days before IPL 2020 starts on September 19.
Recent reports suggested that players from both the teams were likely to miss the first week of action in IPL because of the mandatory six-day quarantine period. However, Venky Mysore, the chief executive of Kolkata Knight Riders, has confirmed that there won’t be such situation and players will remain available from the first game.
That means those travelling to Dubai will be available to their teams from day one – Dubai has no mandatory quarantine period unless the person tests positive. There are quarantine period rules in Abu Dhabi where KKR and Mumbai Indians are based. But even then, KKR will have the luxury of choosing their England and Australia players since their first match on September 23, six days after the players arrive in UAE.
Three KKR players are in England for the bilateral series – Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton. Mysore also said negotiations were still on with the Abu Dhabi authorities to further shorten the six-day quarantining period. Abu Dhabi has had strict rules around people entering the emirate from outside (at present 14-day quarantines are mandatory). But the IPL authorities managed to get some relaxation for the teams.
“While they are still negotiating with the authorities, we are reconciled to the fact that we may have to quarantine our three players,” Mysore told ESPNcricinfo.
“They arrive on September 17, but our first game is on September 23, by which time they would’ve finished their [concessional six-day] quarantine. So it’s worked out well, and it’s good for the tournament,” he added.
Mysore then explained how the IPL and the franchises made sure that the players won’t have to quarantine in UAE after arriving from England.
“What we did was put a plan together and shared it with the medical team at the IPL,” Mysore said.
“We told them, ‘they’re in a bio-secure bubble in UK. What if we brought them on a sanitised charter flight and we took care of all the elements of immigration, testing, contactless stuff and everything to allow them to come right into a bubble here?’ To give credit to IPL, they took it very constructively and they have a written Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for that, which says if you’re coming from a bubble to another bubble, you don’t need the mandatory quarantine period,” he added.
Here is a list of the players who are currently in England:
Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith, Andrew Tye, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Billy Stanlake, Jonny Bairstow
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Joshua Phillipe, Moeen Ali
Chennai Super Kings: Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran
Mumbai Indians: Nathan Coulter-Nile
Kolkata Knight Riders: Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan
Delhi Capitals: Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey