Leading cricketers from England and Australia could possibly miss the start of the Indian Premier League after a limited-overs series between the two nations was confirmed earlier this week.
Australia are set to tour England next month to partake in a three-match T20I series followed by three ODIs. The final 50-over clash will take place on September 16 while the opening encounter of the IPL 2020 is planned three days later.
This arrangement leaves the English and Australian players part of the IPL squads in a quandary since the quarantine rules dictate them spending a week-long period of isolation and testing before joining their teams.
Chennai Super Kings chief executive Kasi Viswanathan admitted to AFP that the IPL stars involved in the Australia-England fixtures "will miss two or three games".
"Only after that they will be able to join the team and start training," he said.
CSK feature Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood and England's Sam Curran in their line-up. Rajasthan Royals appear to be the most affected franchise out of the lot with skipper Steve Smith, high-profile England picks Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Tom Curran, and Australia's Andrew Tye in the mix.
Royals' head coach Andrew McDonald, who is also Australia's senior assistant coach, stated he would not be travelling to England with the national side in order to regroup with the IPL team in UAE.
"Part of our agreement with him that he would be able to continue as head coach of the Rajasthan Royals -- and we're really comfortable with that," said Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia's head of the national teams.
Sunrisers Hyderabad David Warner and Pat Cummins, the most expensive overseas player in IPL history, could potentially be caught in the international engagement as well.
Current UAE regulations do not require obligatory quarantine in case of a negative Covid-19 test but the IPL conditions state otherwise.
Players have to return three successive negative tests in the six days after arrival before being granted permission to train in the nets.
Several squad members have started entering UAE to begin practice at bio-secure environments ahead of the eight-week tournament.