Australia-England players request Ganguly to relax quarantine
Australia and England’s contracted IPL players are supposed to miss the first part of IPL in UAE due to ongoing bilateral series and mandatory quarantine issue. The players are supposed to undergo a six-day quarantine after arriving in the UAE which will made them miss the first part. Hence they have requested the BCCI to reduce the duration to three days to ensure their participation.
Australia and England are currently having a bilateral series in England which will end in 16 September. After the series end , about 21 players, will be boarding a chartered flight from Manchester to Dubai. They will be available from September 23 due to quarantine.
One of the representative from the both countries has requested BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, to relax the quarantine period to three days confirmed a senior IPL source.
“Yes, the BCCI president has received a request. It may have been written by one of the players but it is something that all the English and Australian players, who are coming from the UK, feel,” a senior IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“They have stayed at the Hilton hotel both in Southampton and Manchester, which is a part of the stadium. They have been tested every fifth day and even on the day of their departure from UK, they will be tested and also on first and third day of arrival.
“If you go through safety bubble that the ECB created, not even housekeeping was allowed in the rooms of the players. Also they are taking a chartered flight and not a commercial one.
“So they do have a point when they talk about entering from one bio-bubble to another,” said the IPL official but did not comment on whether the request would be accepted.