Unlike other teams, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are unhappy as they will have to remain in quarantine for 7 more days before beginning to train.
But what is the reason for this?
Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are based in Abu Dhabi for this season’s Indian Premier League, while the other six franchises are based in Dubai. According to the prevailing COVID-19 rules of Abu Dhabi, teams will have to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine period before stepping out to practice, whereas in Dubai, teams are allowed to begin training after being in quarantine for 7 days.
KKR had been one of the first to reach the UAE on 20th August and MI followed closely as they arrived in Abu Dhabi on August 21.The rest of the IPL franchises are based in Dubai.
Most of them have already served the seven day quarantine period and begun training while some will follow suit in the upcoming days.
Hence, this has caused delay to the training and conditioning plans of both MI and KKR, something that has not gone down too well. Both the teams have appealed to the Indian cricket board BCCI to intervene in the matter and come up with a quick solution.
“We have asked the BCCI to resolve this issue. Had we known this fact from beforehand, we would have made other arrangements,” said a staff member linked with the Mumbai franchise.
IPL Schedule To Be Released Soon
The schedule for the cash-rich league will be released by the end of this week, IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel said. The schedule is expected to be a flexible and dynamic one, keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament will commence on September 19 and the final match of the tournament is scheduled for November 10. The matches will be held in three cities — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.