Considering the COVID-19 situation in India, the BCCI has asked all the eight franchisees to ensure that the entire contingent traveling to the UAE for the second phase of the IPL 2021 has completed their COVID-19 vaccination before leaving the country.
Speaking to the ANI, the sources aware of the development said, “We have been told that all those traveling should have completed taking both the doses of COVID-19 vaccination so that there is no problem once the teams reach the UAE. The quarantine process is most likely going to be seven days before teams can start training”.
Last month the BCCI has released the schedule of the remainder of the IPL 2021 slated to be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. The IPL 2021 which was postponed in May due to a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in India will kick start on September 19 in the UAE with a superhit clash between CSK & Mumbai Indians.
The matches will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the KKR will lock horns with RCB. Sharjah will host its first match on September 24 when RCB will lock horns with CSK. In total 13 matches will be played in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah & 8 in Abu Dhabi.
The BCCI has confirmed that England players will be available for the second phase of the IPL 2021. After the conclusion of India vs England five-match test series, the England players will fly to the UAE for IPL 2021 in the same charter plane as the Indian players.
However, Cricket Australia is yet to confirm the availability of the Australian players for the cash-rich league. According to the reports from Cricbuzz, the BCCI informed the franchises that they would get updates about Australian players by August 10. Meanwhile, the Cricket West Indies has also confirmed the availability of the West Indies players for the second phase of the IPL 2021.