Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday confirmed that IPL teams would no longer have to quarantine themselves during their matches.
The BCCI is yet to release the schedule of the IPL 2020 but it is being speculated that Mumbai Indians and RCB will play the tournament opener.
Earlier, the ECB had said that teams flying to Abu Dhabi will have to undergo quarantine due to a sudden rise in cases. But now, a source that ECB has acquired all the permissions from Abu Dhabi and Sharjah cricket boards. So, all the teams may now travel to the venues without any quarantine boundations.
“We have obtained all necessary permissions for the IPL matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. A protocol has been created by the relevant authorities which will see the teams be able to travel directly to the venues, and return to their hotels, without having to undergo quarantine,” ECB sources told ANI.
“The teams will remain in their bio bubbles as per BCCI protocols. Those coming from outside may have to undergo quarantine but those who are already there in their hotels need not worry over the travel for matches,” it added.
As of now, the BCCI is in a fix after the 13 personnel including 2 players tested positive of the coronavirus. That also led to Chennai Super Kings extend their quarantine period until September 1.
“13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team,” the BCCI said.
The teams can get back to the ground only after the players and staff members test negative thrice after undergoing COVID-19 tests.