The IPL teams would not require to Quarantine themselves while traveling for their respective matches, sources within the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Tuesday.
The schedule of the IPL 2020 is yet to come out & it was speculated that teams traveling to Abu Dhabi might be asked to Quarantine when traveling to play their matches looking at the sudden spike in COVID cases.
However the sources within the Emirates Cricket Board have also confirmed that all necessary permissions for the IPL matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah has been obtained and protocol has been created so that teams can travel to all venues without being asked for quarantine.
“We have obtained all necessary permissions for the IPL matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. A protocol has been created by the relevant authorities which will see the teams be able to travel directly to the venues, and return to their hotels, without having to undergo quarantine,” sources within the Emirates Cricket Board confirmed to media.
“The teams will remain in their bio bubbles as per BCCI protocols. Those coming from outside may have to undergo quarantine but those who are already there in their hotels need not worry over the travel for matches,” it added.
The starting phase of the IPL would be played without the fans & all the teams would be staying in a bio-secure bubble as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. On Saturday the BCCI has confirmed that 13 personnel including two players tested positive for COVID-19.
“13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team,” the BCCI had said in an official release.
The final match of the IPL 2020 is scheduled to be played on a weekday i.e. Tuesday for the first time in the history of the T20 tournament.