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IPL-bound England, Australia players will not require quarantine in UAE, says RCB chairman
IPL 2020

IPL-bound England, Australia players will not require quarantine in UAE, says RCB chairman

England and Australia cricketers participating in the Indian Premier League may be able to feature in the T20 tournament straight away without requiring a mandatory six-day quarantine, according to Royal Challengers Bangalore chairman Sanjeev Churiwala.

England and Australia are set to engage in a limited-overs assignment that ends three days before the start of the IPL in the UAE on September 19.

As many as 29 players from England and Australia are lined up across the eight IPL franchises with Rajasthan Royals hosting the likes of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Steve Smith in their squad.

With the IPL being pushed out of India due to the alarming coronavirus situation in the country, the English and Aussie players will have to undergo almost a week's isolation and testing before they can join their teams.

But Churiwala has claimed that the overseas players from those two nations will already be in a strict bio-secure bubble in England and hence will not be forced to miss the start of the IPL.

"For the players landing after the England and Australia series, on September 17, that is very close to our matches," he said as RCB has Moeen Ali and Aaron Finch in the team.

"The BCCI have also issued very detailed SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] and procedures to be followed by these players in terms of their participation.

"What the SOPs say very clearly [is] that they can participate without quarantine, provided they satisfy certain very stringent conditions.

"Very clearly after the players have played the [international] series, they have to continue to be in the biosecure bubble."

Churiwala said the players would not be socially interacting with the masses in England, reducing the potential risk of exposure to the virus and would then board the plane to the UAE.

"Right from the biosecure bubble, they have to go straight to the charter flight without getting into the extensive migration procedures, and without getting in touch with the general public."

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings chief executive Kasi Viswanathan had expressed his fear regarding the absence of English and Australian players for the first week of IPL 2020.

Most of the franchises are travelling with their own set of net bowlers to maintain a bio-secure environment as part of their preparations for the competition.