Manchester/Dubai: After receiving negative RT-PCR tests for the second time in two days, the Indian cricketers contracted to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) flew to the UAE on chartered and commercial flights. The players’ respective franchises made the travel arrangements.
After India’s fifth Test against England was postponed indefinitely due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp, the players began their early departures for the remainder of the IPL on September 19.
The players, led by Virat Kohli, refused to take the field despite testing negative for the virus because they were concerned that other players might contract the virus after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive just before the final game.
“The good news is that all of the players and support staff tested negative for the RT-PCR for the second time.” “The reports came in late Friday evening, and the majority of them are already on their way to Dubai for the IPL,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
“Two non-IPL players, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Arjan Nagwaswalla, will fly out with the rest of the support staff on Monday.” “They will fly to their respective Indian cities via Dubai on a commercial flight,” said the senior official.
The players began to depart in groups, with some taking charter flights arranged by their franchises, such as the Mumbai Indians and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, and others taking commercial flights, such as the Chennai Super Kings.
“On a private charter flight, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav flew to Abu Dhabi with three of its Indian contingent members, captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav.” The trio, along with their families, arrived this morning and will now be subjected to a six-day hard quarantine, beginning today, in accordance with the IPL’s guidelines,” MI said in a statement.
“Prior to departure, all members had returned negative RT PCR results.” “Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, a new RT PCR test was performed, which also came back negative,” it added.
Virat Kohli, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and his star pacer Mohammed Siraj also took a charter flight from Manchester. “Keeping our players’ safety and security as a top priority, Royal Challengers Bangalore has arranged a special charter flight for captain Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj to ensure their safe transit to the UAE.”
“The players will depart on Saturday at 11.30 p.m. (UK time) and arrive in Dubai early Sunday morning.” “Both Virat and Siraj will be quarantined in Dubai for six days before joining the team bio-secure bubble,” RCB said in a statement.
Harrison himself attended Shastri’s Book launch
Even England and Wales Cricket Board CEO Tom Harrison attended the book launch of India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, who became infected during the function and was forced into quarantine during the fourth Test, it was learned late Friday evening.
The BCCI was irritated by the event’s timing in the middle of the series because it allowed outside guests. Because of the relaxation of rules, it has now been identified as a super spreader with no one wearing face masks.
After the event, Shastri, bowling coach Bharath Arun, and fielding coach R Sridhar all tested positive. The local British newspaper ‘Evening Standard’ was the first to report Harrison’s attendance on August 31, which most people were unaware of.
“Harrison, the ECB’s Chief Executive, was also present, according to Standard Sport. Except for eating and drinking, he wore a mask the entire time.”
According to the newspaper, Harrison “hadn’t seen the guest list” and “expected a COVID-safe event, in line with the safer lguidelines that the ECB laid out for both teams this summer.”