The record four-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians (MI) have already started to welcome their players. However, while the players are now going through the strict quarantine process, the players and support staff will have to undergo five rounds of COVID-19 test before leaving India.
The franchise official has claimed that the domestic players have already started to arrive while the Indian cricketers will reach in Mumbai soon.
All the players are now going through a strict 14-day quarantine process. The players can start their training process at the Mumbai ground after completing the quarantine process.
The official said according to the New Indian Express, “The domestic players have started to arrive and they all are sent into a 14-day quarantine wherein the only time they are allowed to exit the room is when they need to get their test done. Apart from that, all facilities are being provided inside the rooms.
“The India players are also expected to come in soon and they too will go through the quarantine phase. As and when a player’s quarantine period is over, he is then given the go-ahead to start training at our ground.”
Most of the players will arrive in Mumbai after undergoing two rounds of COVID-19 tests in their respective home cities.
Before starting their travel to the UAE, the Mumbai Indians players will undergo three more round of COVID-19 tests. The support staff of this franchise will also undergo the same process.
The official claimed, “See, we have asked all the players to undergo two rounds of testing in their home city before they come to Mumbai. And here, we will do another three rounds of testing which we believe is good enough. There might be one or two cases wherein a player might not have had adequate facilities at home and managed to get just one test instead of two. But all in all, we are looking at five rounds of tests before heading to play the IPL for the players as well as the support staff.”
Patience is the key as nobody was prepared for such a turn of events: Mumbai Indians official
While the franchises are waiting for the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), they are keeping patience by understanding the tough condition for the BCCI at the present moment.
The official said, “We are waiting for the SOP from the BCCI, but we do understand that these are unforeseen times and the pressure is already that much more on the board. We also have prepared our roadmap on how we are looking to approach the tournament and will integrate it with the SOP which the BCCI is expected to give us in the next couple of days. Patience is the key as nobody was prepared for such a turn of events.”
The official also added that the team may travel to the UAE around 21st or 22nd August 2020.
The official claimed, “Let’s see. Maybe around August 21 or 22. The final date hasn’t been zeroed in on as yet. We should have a clearer picture after the meeting with the IPL Governing Council.”
However, according to the Sports Tak, the franchises can leave India for the IPL 2020 after 26th August. Sports Tak also claimed that the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are likely to set up their base in Abu Dhabi.