It is learnt that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unlikely to relax the mandatory seven-day quarantine period for key players from England and Australia, arriving in the UAE for the IPL 2020.
This may lead to some key players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins missing out on the first few matches of their respective IPL teams.
Australia on Friday announced their squad for the limited-overs series tour of England that is scheduled to be played between September 4 and 16. The IPL 2020 is set to begin in the UAE from September 19.
As many as 29 players from Australia and England are part of the eight IPL squads, some of whom, like Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell, were signed at the 2020 IPL auction for record sums of money.
After deciding to stage the IPL 2020 in the UAE, the BCCI had come up with a standard operating procedures (SOPs), that has definite rules from the time a player arrives in the UAE till the time the tournament comes to an end.
RIGOROUS TESTING FOR ALL COMING TO UAE
Players will be made to go through a process of rigorous testing soon after they land in the UAE, which will include three mandatory tests during their seven-day quarantine period. It is only if the result of all the three tests are negative, can the player join his squad for training.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, although franchises have agreed with the SOPs, it is understood that several asked the IPL if the week-long quarantine could be relaxed for the group of players that will feature in the England-Australia series.
In a call with the IPL, franchises reasoned that considering the players would be exiting one bubble to enter another in IPL while likely traveling on a charter flight, the testing and quarantine process for this group should be different in order for them to be ready to play matches quickly.