Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals became the first teams to leave for the IPL 2020 that will be held in the UAE from September 19.
All three franchises shared posts on their respective social medial platforms announcing their departure to Dubai via chartered flights.
Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians will follow suit and leave on August 21 for the edition, while Delhi Capitals leave on August 22. Sunrisers Hyderabad will be the last franchise to leave, departing on August 23.
All teams assembled their Indian players in Mumbai, where they underwent at least three rounds of testing before they were allowed to enter the bio bubble that had been created for all teams in the city. After reaching Dubai, the sides will further undergo another two tests, and will be asked to stay in a bio-secure environment till the end of the IPL. The foreign stars are expected to land in the UAE from their respective countries in the upcoming week, following which they will have to undergo a seven-day quarantine.
Teams can start training after the quarantine requirements are fulfilled and all cricketers test negative.
The BCCI has strict measures in place for the upcoming tournament, with free movements restricted. There is no update on whether families can travel with the players or whether the UAE will see a crowd turnout for the matches. It is being speculated that the option of having families has been left to the team owners, while at least 30-50% of the stadiums are likely to be filled as the country has a lowered rate of Covid-19 cases.
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