- The second half of IPL 2021 will be held from September 19
- Manchester Test canceled due to outbreak of Corona in Indian camp
- IPL teams are busy calling their players to UAE
Mumbai Indians stars including skipper Rohit Sharma will leave for Dubai from Manchester on Saturday. Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings are also trying to bring their players from both countries to the UAE by commercial aircraft after the fifth Test was cancelled.
The BCCI had earlier planned to bring the players involved in the fifth Test between India and England in a chartered plane to the UAE for the Indian Premier League on September 15. However, due to the outbreak of Kovid-19 in the Indian team, the fifth Test was canceled on Friday, after which the circumstances changed.
Apart from Rohit, Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav of Mumbai Indians will leave for Dubai from Manchester with their respective families. Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran are part of the IPL squad which has already started their practice ahead of the second leg of the league starting September 19.
Punjab team captain Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami and David Malan are in Manchester. A senior IPL official said, “Since the cancellation of the Test match, the BCCI is not arranging any charter aircraft. So each franchisee is making their own travel arrangements. Since they are all using commercial flight, they will have to stay in room quarantine for six days.
As per the plan before the outbreak of Kovid-19 in the Indian contingent on the England tour, players arriving by BCCI’s chartered aircraft would have joined the Bio-Bubble (Bio-Safe) of the UAE from the Bio-Bubble in England.
CSK CEO Kashi Vishwanath said, “There is no possibility of chartered aircraft now. We are trying to get their tickets for the commercial flight tomorrow. When he reaches here, he will be in isolation for six days like the rest of the players.
Punjab Kings Chief Executive Officer Satish Menon said, “There is every possibility that our players will fly from Manchester tomorrow.” Indian players have been in their rooms in Manchester after junior physio Yogesh Parmar was infected with Kovid-19 on Thursday.