Australia and England players are unlikely to get any relaxation in the quarantine protocols when they arrive in UAE for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both the teams are currently involved in a T20I series which will be followed by three ODIs.
The ODIs will end on September 16, just three days before the IPL starts with a mouth-watering clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The English and Australian players will arrive in the gulf country on September 17 and are set to miss the initial matches of the tournament.
There have been some arguments by the franchise officials, including RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala, that since the players would already be in a bio-bubble and will arrive in UAE on a charter flight, they could be given relaxation. However, the players are unlikely to get relaxation, according to Cricbuzz.
The news outlet stated that the IPL schedule was made keeping in mind these protocols and thus, the players will have to be in quarantine for six days. As per the league’s Standard Operating Procedures, they’ll have to test negative on Days 1, 3 and 6 to be eligible to join the team.
The players can join their teams not before September 24 provided they return negative tests. By the time the players become eligible to play in IPL 2020 for the first time, all the eight teams would have played a minimum of one game each, with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings playing two.
So here is the list of the players who are set to miss the first week of IPL 2020:
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