The IPL-based stars of Australia and England, who must undergo six days of quarantine after arriving in the United Arab Emirates, have requested the BCCI to reduce the duration by three days to ensure their availability from the start of the tournament. Around 21 players, currently part of the England-Australia white-ball series, will board a chartered flight from Manchester to Dubai, touching base on 17 September. They can only be available from 23 September, while the tournament starts on 19 September. .
Desperate not to miss a single game, a big hit star has requested BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to reduce the quarantine period by three days from players of both the countries.
Ganguly, who is in the UAE along with other officials to oversee the tournament preparations, was not available for comment, but a senior IPL source admitted that an argument has been made.
A senior IPL source told PTI, “Yes, the BCCI president has received a request. It may have been written by a player, but it is something that all the English and Australian players, who are coming from the UK, Feel “. Conditions of anonymity.
Players feel that since they are already in the bio-bubble – first in Australia and then in the UK -, it is only logical that “they be allowed to enter from one bio-bubble to another” as they are in. Do not contact the outside world.
“They have stayed at the Hilton Hotel in both Southampton and Manchester, which is a part of the stadium. They have been tested every fifth day and even on the day they leave from the UK, they will be tested and on the first and third . Day of arrival. “
“If you go through the security bubble created by the ECB, housekeeping was not allowed even in the players’ rooms. Also they are taking chartered flights and not commercial.
The IPL official said, “So they have a point when they talk of entering from one bio-bubble to another,” but the request will not be accepted.
The only franchise, which will not be affected by the six-day quarantine rule, is the Kolkata Knight Riders as the team will begin their campaign against Mumbai Indians on 23 September.
KKR has Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins, who have at least two first XIs in their roster (the other two being Andre Russell and Sunil Narine).
However, the Rajasthan Royals’ choice would be a hit if Joffra Archer, Jose Butler and Steve Smith are not available in the opening game, noting that Ben Stokes is out of at least the first half of the tournament due to his father’s illness.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will miss their captain David Warner, while their opening partner Johnny Bairstow will, in all probability, not be available for at least one game.
Chennai Super Kings will be without the first players of the team, Josh Hazlewood and Sam Curran, if the first rule is followed.
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