It is a great relief for the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams that the 21 cricketers from Australia and England will be separated for only 3 hours (one and a half days) instead of six days on their return from the UK. The franchise teams comprising English and Australian cricketers have all appealed to the UK for a limited overs series and the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), headed by Sourav Ganguly, to jointly reduce the match time. Resolved the issue with the relevant departments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“Yes, I can confirm that all the players from England and Australia will be in isolation for 36 hours instead of six days,” a senior official told PPL. The matter has been resolved and the top players of most teams will be available from the first match. ”
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Players such as David Warner, Steve Smith, Joffra Archer and Jose Butler will arrive here in the UAE on Thursday night and will undergo RT-PCR testing upon arrival. A BCCI official said, “They will have a test before boarding the plane and then they will also be tested when they arrive.” Otherwise strict testing protocol will be followed. The rationale behind this decision is that players are moving from one bio-safe environment to another. “
PTI-Bahasa had earlier reported that a veteran Australian player had written a letter to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly requesting a three-day separation instead of six. The BCCI has spoken to at least three franchises and they appear to be satisfied with the decision.
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“The BCCI has done a very good job of keeping the quarantine period at 36 hours,” said a franchise official. This means the Chennai Super Kings (Josh Hazlewood and Tom Curran), Rajasthan Royals (Smith, Butler and Archer) will be available from the first match. Similarly, Glenn Maxwell will play for Kings XI Punjab and Alex Carey will play for Delhi.
The Kolkata Knight Riders were the only franchises that would not be affected by the six-day quarantine as their first match was on September 23. His squad includes players such as Ein Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins.