Edited By Arun Kumar | | Updated: 01 Aug 2020, 10:16:00 AM IST
K. Srinivasrao, Mumbai
The limited-overs series between England and Australia will end on 16 September and the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to begin on the 19th of that month. But David Warner, Steve Smith, Joffra Archer, Ben Stokes, Pat Cummins and other players will not be able to connect immediately with their respective teams. They will have to wait at least one week.
The UAE government is involved in making its own SOPs for IPL. This includes one week of quarantine for foreign travelers and two corona tests. For example, if Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals play their matches in the first week, then the captains of both teams – Warner and Smith – will not be able to play. They have to stay in Quarantine for a week.
The threat of the virus is not yet postponed and the UAE government is taking several steps. There are many steps besides quarantine and corona test. Meanwhile, all cricket boards — whose players have participated in the IPL — have given NOCs to their players.
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It is now the responsibility of the franchisees to take the players from their country to the UAE and leave. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) ends on September 10, and players from its finalists will arrive in the UAE before the end of the second week. That is, about a week before the IPL starts.
The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) will run till the middle of September, but it will not make much difference to the IPL. Since only Lasith Malinga will not play in the first week.
A source closely observing the matter said, “The availability of players is not a big issue. Now the question is to bring them to the UAE and put them in the Quarantine window.”
The IPL Governing Council has not yet announced the official date of the meeting. She is currently awaiting permission from the government. But the franchise has started preparations on its behalf. They have started arranging travel and lodging etc.
The support staff of the Indian team, which includes physiotherapist Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb, will also go to UAE. He will be in touch with the players of the national team who have gone on to tour Australia after the IPL.
One person watching all the arrangements said, “They have been in contact with the players during the video conferencing for the last four months. In the UAE, they will have a chance to create a better rapport.