new Delhi: The cricketers from Australia and England, who have taken part in the Indian Premier League (IPL), have requested the BCCI to reduce the quarantine period of six days to 3 days after reaching the UAE so that they can start the tournament. Be available for selection.
In the current limited-overs series between Australia and England, there are 21 players from both countries who will reach UAE from Manchester on 17 September in a chartered plane. Under the current quarantine rules, they will be available for selection from September 23, while the tournament will start from September 19.
A batsman famous for making big shots has requested BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on behalf of these players that the quarantine period be extended for 3 days. Ganguly is in the UAE along with other board officials to oversee the preparations for the tournament. He could not get a response in this matter, but a board source said that such a demand has been made.
The source told PTI-language on the condition of confidentiality, ‘Yes, the BCCI President has received a request. It can be written by a player, but it makes all the players of England and Australia coincidentally.
These players feel that they are already in a bio-bubble in Australia and then Britain. In such a situation, it would be logical that they be allowed to enter from one bio-bubble to another. Not all of them have come in contact with anyone outside the bio-bubble.
“These players stayed at the Hilton Hotel in both Southampton and Manchester, which is a part of the stadium,” the source said. He is being tested every fifth day and even on the day of his departure from the UK. There will be an investigation on the first and third days of reaching here.
He said, ‘If you look at the security arrangements of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the cleaners are also not allowed in the players’ rooms. Apart from this, he will come by a chartered plane, not a commercial one.
He did not say whether the request would be accepted or not, but said, “Their fact is strong that they want to enter from one bio-bubble to another.” This quarantine rule of six days will have an effect on all teams except Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). KKR’s first match is against Mumbai Indians on 23 September.
The Rajasthan Royals will suffer the most from this, which is already feeling the lack of Ben Stokes. If the rules do not change, Joffra Archer, Jose Butler and Steve Smith will not be part of the team for the opening match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to play the first match without captain David Warner without their partner Johnny Bairstow in the opener. Chennai Super Kings will not get the services of Josh Hazlewood and Sam Curren in the first 2 matches.