IPL 2020: BCCI fixes quarantine time for Australia and England players
BCCI chief has considered requests of England and Australia players, along with franchises, for a reduction in their quarantine time. Considering the loss that the teams would undergo due to the absence of these major players, the board has suggested a 36-hour quarantine for players with camps in Dubai.
Just a day away from ‘the day’, good news surfaced for the franchisees, as well as players of England and Australia. On Thursday, all the 21 players who landed in the Gulf following their Australia-England bi-lateral series, will undergo a 36-hour quarantine in Dubai.
The relaxation applies only to those players who will be stationed in Dubai. Players with team camps stationed in Abu Dhabi will have to spend six days in quarantine, before being allowed to play.
Unlike the previous BCCI’s regulations of stringent six-day-mandatory quarantine, the board considered various pleas by the franchises and players for reduction of quarantine time. Now, as per recent reports, the players having team camps in Dubai will have to undergo just 36 hours quarantine while the ones at Abu Dhabi will have to quarantine for six-days.
The variation in the quarantine period will benefit Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) significantly, while Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) might suffer some loss. Also, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might also miss some of their players against Mumbai.
However, the cricketers will undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on their arrival. “Before flying out from Manchester, the players were tested and once they land, they need to be tested again. Since the players are traveling from one bubble to another, it should not be a problem,” a franchise official said.
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“Yes, I can confirm that all the English and Australian players have to now undergo 36-hour quarantine instead of six days. The matter has been sorted and most of the teams will now have their big stars available from the first game itself,” a senior IPL functionary privy to development told PTI.
Here is the list of players who will soon join their respective teams:
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