All eight IPL franchise teams have decided to pool in and bring the overseas players from the Caribbean and Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates for the second phase of IPL 2021.
IPL franchises will send a charter plane, each in the two countries that will allow players who are participating in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and bilateral series between South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Teams have decided to pool in and get the players to UAE from Caribbean and Sri Lanka for IPL 2021
Sources close to the development have said that teams have decided to pool in and get the players to UAE and a separate charter plane will be sent to each nation.
“The teams have decided to pool in and get the players to UAE from the CPL (West Indies) as well as Sri Lanka. While one charter plane will carry the players from CPL, one will carry players who participated in the Sri Lanka-South Africa series in the Island Nation,” a source said told news agency ANI.
Chennai Super Kings’ South Africa pair of Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis are currently playing in CPL along with Chennai Super Kings teammate and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Dwayne Bravo.
IPL 2021: Players coming in from the bubbles in CPL and from the SA-SL series to go under isolation for two days
Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians), Chris Gayle (Punjab Kings), Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Shimron Hetmyer (Delhi Capitals), Nicholas Pooran (Punjab Kings) are the other notable players who will travel from West Indies to UAE.
Sri Lanka duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera, who were signed by RCB last month to play for the second leg are currently involved in the T20I series against South Africa.
South Africa national players like Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), David Miller (Rajasthan Royals) and Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings) will be travelling with the Sri Lankan players to UAE.
All the players travelling from the Caribbean and Sri Lanka to UAE will have to go under isolation for two days and they will only be allowed to join their respective squads once their COVID-19 tests turn negative.
“The players coming in from the bubbles in CPL and from the SA-SL series will undergo two days of isolation. They will come in and go into their rooms on the first day, they will then get tested the next day and once the results come in, they will join the squad members in the bubble,” the source said.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will play in the first match of the second phase of IPL 2021 on September 19.