The quarantine protocol for the England and Australian Cricketers involved in the bilateral series currently in England will not be altered when the players from both countries, who are part of the IPL, arrive in the United Arab Emirates to join the bio-bubble for the T20 league that starts in under two weeks’ time.
According to Cricbuzz, the schedule was allotted keeping in mind these protocols and other health measures and therefore would require all the players arriving from England to quarantine themselves for six days on their arrival to UAE. As per the league’s Standard Operating Procedures, they’ll have to test negative on Days 1, 3, and 6 to be eligible to join the team.
The total of 21 England and Australian Cricketers are likely to be permitted to play from September 24, provided they return three negative results for COVID-19. That would mean they will miss out on a minimum of one game each, with Josh Hazlewood and Sam Curran of the Chennai Super Kings missing out on two.
Rajasthan Royals, who are led by Steve Smith, and also have the likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Andrew Tye in their squad are likely to be most affected, alongside Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are led by David Warner and also have Jonny Bairstow. Royal Challengers Bangalore, too, won’t be able to attain the services of Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Adam Zampa, and Moeen Ali in their opening fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad.