All eight franchise teams have reached the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is scheduled to be played in the UAE this year due to Kovid-19. Under the Safety Protocol of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), all franchise teams have to undergo a mandatory six-day isolation, meanwhile, a bad news for the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise teams. According to the rules of UAE city of Abu Dhabi, these two teams will have to pass a further seven-day quarantine period before the IPL comes into the bio-secure circle.
KKR arrived on 20 August while the Mumbai Indians team reached Abu Dhabi on 21 August. The teams whose quarantine period is over are in Dubai and their players have started outdoor training. The quarantine period in Abu Dhabi has been reduced to 14 days, so the teams of Mumbai Indians and KKR may have to spend a few more days locked in the hotel room. An official of Mumbai Indians told Inside Sport, ‘We have asked the BCCI to look into this issue. We were told that the quarantine period would be 7 days, but we are now finding out that according to the local rule here it will be 14 days. ‘
The IPL schedule is also eagerly awaited by franchise teams and fans. The IPL schedule may be released later this week. It is being said that the league can be divided into three parts, so that teams have to travel at least.
First part: Abu Dhabi – 21 matches
Second part: Dubai – 21 matches
Third part: Sharjah – 14 matches
Teams may have to return to Dubai for playoff matches, although no clear picture has been revealed yet. IPL GC chairman Brijesh Patel and Hemang Amin will meet some UAE officials before releasing the final schedule.