Following the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has arranged for a charter flight to bring Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj into Dubai on Sunday morning, ahead of the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. They will be quarantined for six days before joining the team bubble.
The RCB franchise confirmed in a press release that Virat and Siraj will fly out from Manchester on a charter flight on Saturday night and arrive in Dubai early on Sunday morning.
“Yes, we have arranged a charter flight for Virat and Siraj, who will depart at 11:30 p.m. UK time on Saturday and arrive in Dubai early Sunday morning. The safety of the players is RCB’s top priority. They will be quarantined for six days before joining the team bubble “According to the press release.
Sanjay Bangar and Sridharan Sriram definitely look proud of the hard work the boys are putting in conditions.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 10, 2021
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians players, including skipper Rohit Sharma, will depart for Dubai on Saturday, while the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Punjab Kings have made their own travel plans in light of the BCCI’s plans for a charter flight on September 15 following the cancellation of the fifth Test in Manchester. Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav are the other MI players who will travel to Dubai with their families.
CSK’s squad includes Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Moeen Ali, and Sam Curran, who have already begun training ahead of the IPL’s return on September 19.
Punjab players in Manchester include captain K L Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami, and Dawid Malan.
Earlier on Friday, the fifth Test match between England and India in Manchester was called off. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of talks to find a way to play the Test match, but the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision to call the game off.
The 14th season of the IPL, which was postponed in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians.
The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi, where the Kolkata Knight Riders will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The first game will be held in Sharjah on September 24th, when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings.
In total, 13 matches will take place in Dubai, ten in Sharjah, and eight in Abu Dhabi. The BCCI has decided to eliminate contact tracing devices for the UAE leg, which begins on September 19.
If any player tests positive for COVID-19 in the UAE, the Indian board decided that Bubble Integrity Officers will conduct the necessary contact tracing. The board has issued a 46-page health advisory outlining all of the guidelines that everyone involved with the IPL must follow in order for the league to run smoothly.