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Relaxation of quarantine rules unlikely for England, Australia players

by  Md  •  Last updated on 2020-09-08 09:38:24


There will be no relaxation in the quarantine protocols for the Australia and England players currently involved in the bilateral series in England, when they arrive in the United Arab Emirates on September 17 for the Indian Premier League.

It had been argued by some franchise officials, including RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala, that since the players would already be in a bio-bubble and will be transported to UAE via a charter plane, there could be scope for relaxing the rules.

Cricbuzz understands that the schedule was made keeping in mind these protocols and other health measures and therefore would require all the players arriving from England to quarantine themselves for six days on their arrival to UAE. As per the league's Standard Operating Procedures, they'll have to test negative on Days 1, 3 and 6 to be eligible to join the team.

Provided the players return three negative results for COVID-19, they are likely to be allowed to play from September 24, by when all teams will have played a minimum of one game each, with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings playing two.

Rajasthan Royals, who are led by Steve Smith, and also have the likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Andrew Tye in their squad are likely to be most affected, alongside Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are led by David Warner and also have Jonny Bairstow. Royal Challengers Bangalore, too, have four of their players participating in the England-Australia assignment.