BCCI claims ‘in principle’ govt approval for IPL in UAE; teams begin quarantining players | Sports – Times of India Videos

Aug 07, 2020, 04:10PM ISTSource: TOI.in

An ‘in principle’ government approval has come for the BCCI to take the IPL to the UAE this year and the eight franchises have started their preparations by initiating quarantine and Covid-19 testing protocols for their players and support staff. A BCCI source said that the permission in writing is due to come any time in the next few days. Most of the franchises will be leaving base after August 20 mandated by the BCCI. The Chennai Super Kings are set to leave on August 22. The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, has quarantined its Indian players at its base. Some franchises are arranging Covid-19 tests for their players in their respective cities before heading for departure bases (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru) for UAE. The players and support staff have been allowed to take their families along on the condition that all of them remain in the bio-bubble. However, it is learnt that players across teams are not too keen due to the strict quarantine protocols. While the squad strength, in terms of players, is restricted to 24, the BCCI has not put a cap on support staff. A couple of franchises will be taking up to 60 people, including full-fledged medical teams for daily health check-ups and the mandated Covid-19 testing of players every fifth day.

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