As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevail, keeping in mind the safety measures, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked all eight IPL franchises to ensure the vaccination of every member against Covid-19, who are travelling to the UAE. The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is all set to conduct the remaining 31 games of the tournament in three venues in the UAE– Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the same. “We have been told that all those travelling should have completed taking both the doses of vaccination so that there is no problem once teams reach UAE. The quarantine process is most likely going to be seven days before teams can start training,” the source said.
The IPL 2021, which had to be abruptly called off midway due to the rising cases of Covid-19 among players, is all set to resume from September 19. Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will play the opening game in Dubai to kickstart the mega event. The second game will shift to Abu Dhabi, which will see the Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20.
IPL 2021: Uncertainty looms over availability of Aussie players; BCCI awaits confirmation from Cricket Australia
While the teams including West Indies, England, New Zealand, and South Africa have confirmed the participation of their IPL-bound players in the UAE leg of the tournament, BCCI is still awaiting confirmation from Cricket Australia on the participation of Australian players. The board has assured the IPL franchises that it will give the final word on the availability of Australian players by August 10.
Cricket Australia is planning a T20I tri-series involving Afghanistan and West Indies in October. However, Cricket West Indies and Afghanistan Cricket Board have not yet nodded their head in agreement for the series. West Indies players will feature in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The board also rescheduled the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 to allow its players to travel to UAE.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) was originally going to host the series in India. However, the ACB and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have not yet given their final word on going along with the series.
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