After the ongoing series of England vs Australia it is uncertain weather the players will be joining their IPL sides from day 1. The bilateral series include 3 T20’s and 3 ODI’s which will end just 3 days before Indian Premier League’s first match on 19th.
Players are expected to miss some starting matches because of the compulsory quarantine period they have to undergo in UAE. According to UAE government rules each foreign player must be self isolated for at least 6 days. That means until then every team would have played at least 1 match each, this can be a problem if teams are looking for a great start, because Australia and England have some key players.
CSK chief executive Kasi Vishwanathan told that quarantine rules will see a number of foreign players will miss two or three games. Some teams that are affected can be Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad as they both have Australian captains. Rajasthan appear to be most affected as they have Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, captain Steve Smith and Andrew Tye. Also, CSK and KKR won’t have their front line bowlers Josh Hazelwood and the most expensive foreign bowler Pat Cummins. (15.5cr)
After their isolation and covid tests, players are shifted to their teams bio- secure bubbles. This bio-secure bubble is nothing but a safe and secure environment where only players and staff are allowed so that teams are relatively isolated from the outside world due to the COVID-19 risk. BCCI have kept the regulations so strict that even the bubble there will be covid test in every 5 days. Every member’s health and development will be checked and reported to BCCI.
Even after such stern rules teams are not completely safe as we saw 13 members of Chennai Super Kings coming Covid-19 positive. For more safety many teams like Chennai have traveled with their own net bowlers. Due to ongoing pandemic IPL may become a bit hectic for players as the England vs Australia and Caribbean Premier League will end just a few days before IPL.
Every viewer must be keen to see if the teams can perform well without some of their salient players!!