Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians became the IPL champions for the fourth time last season. (Credits: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians are not only the defending champions but also won the tournament for the fourth time on the last occasion. But before taking part in the 13th season or landing in the UAE, the squad has to undergo COVID-19 test five times. The players have gradually started assembling with most of their domestic recruits arriving in Mumbai.

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The Indian stars would also join them within the next week to defend their coveted IPL trophy. The likes of Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma are the ones amongst the international players in focus. However, the COVID-19 virus and the protocols implemented to protect against it would form the fulcrum of everything.

Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma and hardikl Pandya in IPL. (Photo: IANS)

An official of Mumbai Indians told IANS that they have advised their players to undergo two rounds of testing in their home city before arriving in Mumbai. The other three rounds would be undertaken after coming to Mumbai. While there can be instances where the players might not have adequate facilities to get themselves tested in their home city, five exams of it would stay sufficient for players and officials.

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,” the representative stated.

Mumbai Indians management undertaking requisite quarantine measures:

Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mumbai Indians. Image Credit: IPL

The official went on to say that they are taking care of all the domestic players who have arrived and keeping them in isolation for 14 days. As and when further international athletes, they would go through the same procedure and post a successful quarantine period, they shall be allowed for training.

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,” the official added.

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