Kolkata Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore is confident that Australia and England players would make it to IPL 2020 on time. Mysore said that players from both the countries will surely join the KKR squad ahead of their first match this season.
Currently England and Australia are engaged in the white-ball series with the ODI series still left to take place. The final ODI match will take place on September 16 that means players definitely won’t have time to serve quarantine.
The players will leave for the UAE on September 17, next day after the conclusion of the ODI series. The players will have only one day of quarantine in Dubai while they will have to undergo atleast six days of quarantine in Abu Dhabi.
“While they are still negotiating with the authorities, we are reconciled to the fact that we may have to quarantine our three players,” Mysore told ESPNcricinfo.
“They arrive on September 17, but our first game is on September 23, by which time they would’ve finished their [concessional six-day] quarantine. So it’s worked out well, and it’s good for the tournament,” he added.
Three crucial KKR players who will join after England-Australia series are Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins. Kolkata Knight Riders and defending champions Mumbai Indians have been situated in the Abu Dhabi for the upcoming season.
“What we did was put a plan together and shared it with the medical team at the IPL. We told them, ‘they’re in a bio-secure bubble in the UK,” Mysore said.
“What if we brought them on a sanitised charter flight and we took care of all the elements of immigration, testing, contactless stuff and everything to allow them to come right into a bubble here?’ To give credit to IPL, they took it very constructively and they have a written Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for that, which says if you’re coming from a bubble to another bubble, you don’t need the mandatory quarantine period,” he added.
England skipper Eoin Morgan will return to his old IPL team and while the Australian speedster Patt Cummins is expected to full-fledged season.