It’s final now. The England and Australian cricketers will miss the first week of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in UAE. Royal Challengers Bengaluru chairman Sanjeev Churiwala had declared on Thursday that as England & Australian cricket will be coming from one Bio-Secure bubble to another one, they will not have to undergo one week quarantine in UAE.
Post the comment, InsideSport spoke to one of the IPL Governing Council member who cleared the air by declaring that, ‘no relaxation in the IPL Bio-Bubble norms will be entertained for anyone’.
“We can’t have different set of norms for different parties. Even if England & Australian top cricketers miss first week of IPL, everyone should be ok with it. We can’t risk the tournament for anyone’s sake. Within BCCI, it has been decided that no relaxation in the IPL BIO Bubble norms will be entertained for anyone”, said IPL GC member to InsideSport.
This means, England & Australian cricketers will miss the first week of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The IPL franchises will have to play the first 1-2 games without the star cricketers from England & Australia in their squads. Be it Ben Stokes, Steve Smith or David Warner – IPL franchises will have to live without 17-18 leading cricketers due to participate in the 3 T20 & 3ODI game series that ends on 16th September.
InsideSport has reliably learnt that, despite of the franchises requests for relaxation of quarantine protocols related to Covid-19 to the players traveling after participating in the England vs Australia series, the BCCI has decided not to relax any Covid19 protocols for the cricketers traveling after playing the said series or CPL 2020.
It is worth noting that some of the franchises had requested the IPL Governing Council to relax the norms.
“We can’t lower our guard. Any relaxation to anyone can cost us the IPL edition. Franchises have to live with the fact that some cricketers will miss one or two games. We all need to be vigilant and compliant in these very difficult times”, said senior BCCI functionary to InsideSport.
IPL 2020 : England & Australian Cricketers have to follow IPL 2020 norms before they can join their teams
Cricket Australia after much delay has now confirmed the tour to England for the 3T20 / 3ODI game series that ends on 16th September, just 3 days before the IPL 2020 starts in UAE. This means even if the leading cricketers who are participating in this high-profile series leave for their IPL bases by 16th night, amid the Covid19 protocols set by BCCI, they can’t games scheduled for the first week of IPL 2020.
As per the IPL 2020 protocols, each member entering the BIO-BUBBLE set by IPL will have to first under-go seven-day quarantine period, which involves team members clearing three tests before they can start training.
Not only this, once they reach UAE, as per the local government directives they will have to undergo Covid19 test. Only if they test negative, the players will be allowed to move out from the isolation zone of the UAE government. This process will take 48-72 hours. Post that players and the franchises will have to follow the SOP’S set by the BCCI and IPL 2020.
As per the protocol, every squad will undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine in the team hotel. During this week every squad member will be tested three times – on days 1, 3 and 6. Once all three results come back negative, the squad can start training. After that, all squad members will be tested on the fifth day of every week throughout the tournament.
Overall 17 players from Australia & 11 players from England are contracted to play in IPL 2020 on multi million dollar contracts. The big names like Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer are also slated to participate in the England vs Australia white ball series and all of them will now not be part of first week of IPL 2020.
IPL 2020 : England & Australian Cricketers in IPL 2020
According to IPL Moneyball, (https://moneyball.insidesport.co/ipl-index.php), after India Australian cricketers are due to earn the most from IPL 2020. 17 Australian cricketers will be taking home 86.7Cr this edition. 11 top class cricketers from England will be earning 43.8 Cr overall from the 13th edition of IPL.
Chennai Super Kings : Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, Shane Watson
Delhi Capitals : Alex Carrey, Jason Roy, Stoinis
Kolkata Knight Riders : Pat Cummins, Green, Gurney, Eoin Morgan, T. Banton
KingsXI Punjab : C.Jordan, Glenn Maxwell
Sunrisers Hyderabad : Bairstow, Mitchell Marsh, Stanlake, David Warner
Rajasthan Royals : Jofra Archer, Buttler, T.Curran, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, A.Tye
Royal Challengers Bengaluru : Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, J.Philippe, K.Richardson
Mumbai Indians : Coulter -Nile, Chriss Lynn
It is worth noting that cricketers like Shane Watson who will not be part of the England & Australia squads will reach on time for IPL 2020.