IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Captain Shreyas Iyer to replace Rishabh Pant? DC frets over captaincy issue – IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals will depart for the UAE to play the remaining leg of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) on Saturday.
.@ShreyasIyer15 is back to doing magic on the field 🪄🎩
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) August 19, 2021
Capitals are off to a fine start with the team leading the IPL 2021 points table. But, with the designated captain back in the side, it remains to be seen if stand-in skipper Rishabh Pant will be asked to hand over captaincy duties to Iyer. And the franchise is yet to take a call on the issue.
Iyer is already in the UAE with the fitness coach and the rest of the squad will join the Delhi Capitals following the conclusion of their international commitments.
“Shreyas Iyer is already in UAE with a fitness coach. The captain issue is still undecided, either it will be Pant or Iyer, the team management has not yet decided on this,” an official said.
The official further stated that the team will be in quarantine for a week after landing in UAE.
“Delhi Capitals will leave on Saturday early morning to UAE for IPL 2021. The team will leave from Delhi with domestic players and officials. Domestic players are already in quarantine in the national capital and they will be quarantined in UAE for a week. Post quarantine their camp will be starting,” the official added.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians and CSK have reached UAE for the IPL 2021 and have completed their quarantine period.
The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.
The BCCI has decided to do away with contact tracing devices for the UAE leg. The Indian board decided that Bubble Integrity Officers will do the necessary contact tracing if any player tests positive for COVID-19 in UAE.
The board has come up with a 46-page health advisory that lays down all the pointers that everyone associated with the IPL needs to follow in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the league.
With Inputs from ANI