Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) recently considered not to allow the family members to travel with players in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The step has been taken for the security of the players amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to reports in Times of India, CSK players will gather in Chennai on August 19 and will be flown to UAE through Air charter. They would have to also clear the COVID-19 test in India before touring. The report adds that the players will be put in a hotel near Burj Khalifa.
“At least for the initial phase, the families won’t be travelling with the players. No commercial flights are being allowed to fly out so CSK need to arrange for a chartered flight,” a source told TOI.
BCCI had also issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which briefed the IPL franchise about the security protocols to be followed in UAE. According to the rule, the teams are responsible to create a biosecure environment in which players and staff members will not be allowed to meet anyone outside the bubble.
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Also, IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting decided that the franchise would have to tour with a maximum of 24 players which will force KXIP, RR and SRH to drop one player each.
The decision was taken because maximum teams have 24 players after IPL auction last year. But the governing council has allowed the franchises to replace their players under the COVID-19 substitute window during the tournament.
The IPL is scheduled to commence on 19th September in the UAE. The teams are expected to reach two-three weeks before the starting of the league to follow safety protocols and tests.
As per reports, some franchises like Mumbai Indians are planning to book the whole apartment while SRH is considering to book a golf resort.