Wearing masks & face shield the team of Delhi Capitals & SRH reaches UAE on Sunday for the 13th edition of the IPL season.
The SRH franchise landed first in the UAE followed by Delhi Capitals which flew to Dubai via Mumbai. The players will undergo a six day Quarantine which is made mandatory in the SOP issued by the BCCI. RT-PCR tests will be performed on everyone on Day 1, 3 and 6 of the quarantine, after which all the players who tested negative in all the three tests will enter the IPL into a bio-secure bubble.
Delhi Capitals Chief Executive Officer Dhiraj Malhotra & Assistant Coach Mohammad Kaif shared their thoughts after meeting their players after a long time.
“We are all really excited that cricket is back, and that the team is together again. It is like meeting your own family, meeting your long lost friends. So it is just a really overwhelming phase for all of us,” Malhotra was quoted as saying in a press release.
Kaif added, “We will be undergoing three more tests, and hopefully everyone’s reports will come out negative, and then we can get back on to the field to start practicing.”
Both the franchises shared a number of their player’s departure & arrival photos. Posting a touchdown tweet, SunRisers Shreevats Goswami wrote, “Just landed in Dubai and been welcomed by heat wave!” The players will not be allowed to venture out of their rooms during the six-day isolation period.
All the Indian players from the star studded CSK squad, RCB, Kings XI Punjab, KKR & Mumbai Indians landed in the UAE on Friday for the World’s Biggest T20 league. The players were already tested multiple tested times before leaving for UAE & even after the start of the IPL the players & the support staff will be tested on every fifth day of the cash-rich tournament.