The much-awaited IPL 2020 is all set to hit the floors in September amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The T20 extravaganza, which was initially scheduled to commence from March 29th, had to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. However, with the T20 World Cup 2020 being pushed further, the Indian board is eager to unfold the cash-rich league this year.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team will be assembling in Chennai shortly. The team management of CSK has asked the entire squad and the international players in the team to assemble in Chennai. The team will travel to Dubai by Chartered flights from Chennai. InsideSport has also erudite that the families of the team will not travel with the team. This means that the skipper Dhoni who is often seen travelling with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva to the game, this time will have to spend time in IPL 2020 just with his team members.
“We along with the players have decided that it does not make sense in these COVID times that players families should accompany them to UAE. No one wants to take a risk with their families. Players will be assembling in Chennai and we will fly to Dubai from here only”, said CSK Management official.
Unlike Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who will be making Abu Dhabi as its base, CSK has decided to make Dubai as its base. In Dubai. The side will put up at a five-star possession near Burj Khalifa. They are probable to book two-three floors of the hotel.
In the meantime, according to a report in Times of India (TOI), players and support staff will be assembling in Chennai on August 19 before departing to Dubai in a chartered flight. “No commercial flights are being allowed to fly out so CSK have to arrange for a chartered flight,” said the source.
CSK is expected to make ICC Academy as its practice based in Dubai. That is the reason team management has settled for a five-star property for the team near Burj Khalifa which is not far away from the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Similarly, Sunrisers Hyderabad – Led by David Warner, are planning to book a golf resort for their squad. The team management is currently in talks with Golf resorts in Dubai and may book the same for Sunrisers for the next 3 months.
Mumbai Indians– Rohit Sharma’s team will make Abu Dhabi as its base instead of staying in Dubai. Mumbai Indians will prepare themselves for IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Not only this, Rohit’s team will not stay in a hotel but the Mumbai Indians team management is planning to rent out private apartments for their squad in Abu Dhabi according to sources.
Kolkata Knight Riders– Shahrukh Khan owned team will also make Abu Dhabi as its base. But unlike MI, KKR squad will stay in a resort. According to some sources, KKR management is in talks with Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas in Abu Dhabi for the stay of their team