Quarantine reduced for England-Australia players
England and Australia cricketers are all set to available from the very beginning in Indian premier League( IPL). The BCCI has agreed to their call of three days quarantine instead of six days. Before it, they were supposed to stay in a six day quarantine prior to participate in the tournament. Therefore, it was speculated to miss those cricketers from the 2 countries in the first part of IPL.
About 21 players from the two countries are expected to take part in the cash rich league. Due to having a bilateral series between them , they had to come 3 days earlier prior to the tournament and had to undergo a six days quarantine. On behalf of these cricketers , a letter was sent to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to reduce six days quarantine to three days.
For the players to be based in Dubai, an official of a franchise told The Indian Express: “They (England and Australia cricketers) will be available for the first match if they test negative in the tests to be done tomorrow (Friday) and remain in isolation from the time they land in Dubai till the 19th morning.”
BCCI authority agreed to the request as the players are coming from one bio-bubble to another, they have been allowed a reduced quarantine period. But they have to undergo Covid tests before boarding the flight in England, while another round of RT-PCR tests would be done upon their arrival in Dubai.
CSK have Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood and England allrounder Sam Curran. Delhi Capitals have Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis and his compatriot, ‘keeper-batsman Alex Carey and allrounder Daniel Sams. Australia’s Glenn Maxwell provides the x-factor for Kings XI Punjab, while England’s Chris Jordan is one of their death-bowling options.
KKR have England’s Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton, and the team’s most expensive buy, Australia fast-bowling allrounder Pat Cummins. Rajasthan Royals have Australia’s Steve Smith as their skipper, and England’s Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Tom Curran as their key players. Royal Challengers Bangalore have Australia’s Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Josh Philippe, and England’s Moeen Ali.