Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has still not cleared the franchises about the quarantine rule for England and Australian players arriving from the United Kingdom (UK) on Thursday (17 September) to feature for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has put the teams under the dilemma of their availability in the first round of the matches.
Around 21 players, on Thursday, will arrive in the UAE through charter planes after completing the bilateral series in England. As per the norms, the players will have to quarantine for six days before joining the teams.
But reportedly, the BCCI has requested the local government to lessen the number of quarantine days. The reason being that they are already arriving via a charter flight from another bio-secure bubble.
As per Indian Express, the BCCI, in collaboration with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has made a special corridor which will see the players leave the hotel and reach Manchester airport without any outside contact.
CSK CEO said that they have also created a special bio-secure environment for England and Australian players but they are still waiting for clarity on the quarantine period.
“From our end, everything is ready. We are waiting for approval from BCCI. A special bio-secure corridor has been created for their safe travel. They won’t come in contact with anyone outside the bio-secure environment. We are waiting for clarity on quarantine period,” Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan said.
BCCI in talks with local government:
As per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the board has stated that players arriving from Caribbean Premier League and England may be allowed to participate in the IPL without the mandatory quarantine period provided that the teams ensure a safe passage for them.
But the local authorities’ rule of mandatory quarantine period has hampered BCCI to go as per plans. Therefore, the franchise might have to play without England and Australian players in their first matches.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians remain unaffected because they don’t have any players arriving from the UK. But the other seven franchises will get hit by the unavailability of them in their opening matches.
The IPL 2020 is scheduled to begin from the 19th of September with the match between MI and CSK, the two finalists of the last season.