IPL 2020 is set to commence from September 19 to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Indian cricketers have joined their respective franchises and reached UAE. Speculations were increasing about the availability of Australian and England players for the first two weeks of IPL 2020.
Now the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Rajasthan Royals has confirmed that Australian and England cricketers will be available from the first game of the franchise.
Actually, England and Australia have to play a bilateral series in England. 3 T20Is and as many ODIs will be played in between Australia and England from September 4 and September 16.
However, 29 players could miss the IPL 2020 due to this series and they will fly out to the UAE straight after the series concludes.
BCCI has set the rules of quarantine for the players before coming in a biosecure air bubble. It is necessary for players to stay 7-day quarantine before joining their respective franchises.
Rajasthan Royals COO Jake Lush McCrum said,
“The BCCI protocols have actually been updated in the last few days and I’m pleased to say our English and Australian stars playing in the series pre IPL should be available for our first IPL match.”
Rajasthan Royals has the most number of Australian and England cricketers in their squad. If they don’t play in IPL at the starting of Ipl, Rajasthan Royals will be the most affected team.
In case of any mishap in the middle of IPL 2020, McCrum said:
“Suspected or positive cases will immediately be isolated from the team [Covid Task Force of RR] and the case will be managed by the team doctor in accordance with the IPL medical team. Contact tracing will begin immediately. The BCCI has put together a list of accredited hospitals that will be fully equipped to handle all such cases.”