The 21 IPL-bound players from the UK travelled to UAE in a chartered plane on Thursday (September 17). As per the rules, a player has to remain in isolation for six days after before joining his teammates but since the players were travelling from one bubble to another, the officials decided to reduce quarantine period to 36 hours. 18 out of 21 players will be allowed to hit the field from Saturday if they test negative for COVID-19.
The likes of Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton, though, will have to serve the six-day isolation period. The Kolkata Knight Riders’ trio will have extended isolation period. This is due to the different rules in the UAE.
In Abu Dhabi, a person has to remain in isolation for 14 days after entering the country. The officials managed to bring down the days for KKR’s players as they were in a bubble while in the UK. Despite joining the team after six days, KKR’s trio will be available form selection in franchise’s opening game against Mumbai Indians on September 23.
They will undergo rounds of testing during the six-day period and will be allowed to leave their rooms if they test negative. As far as other 18 players are concerned, they will likely undergo two rounds of testing.
The 21 IPL-bound players took part in a six-match limited-overs series. England won the T20I series 2-1 while Australia clinched the ODI series 2-1.