Indian cricketers, hired to play the Indian Premier League (IPL), left for the United Arab Emirates on charter and commercial flights after returning negative RT-PCR tests for the second time in two days.
Travel arrangements have been made by the players’ respective franchises.
Players began their early departures for the rest of the IPL, starting September 19, after India’s fifth test against England was postponed indefinitely following the COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
The players, led by Virat Kohli, refused to enter the pitch despite testing negative for the virus over concerns that player members could contract the virus after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive just before the final match .
“The good news is that all players and support staff have now tested negative for RT-PCR for the second time. The reports arrived late Friday evening and most of them are already on their way to Dubai. for the IPL, “he added. a senior BCCI official told PTI.
âTwo non-IPL players Abhimanyu Easwaran and Arjan Nagwaswalla will fly on Monday with the rest of the support staff. They will travel to their respective Indian cities via Dubai and take a commercial flight,â the senior official said.
The players started to leave in bunches – some on charter flights organized by their franchises like Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderbad while the Chennai Super Kings cricketers took a commercial flight.
The Mumbai Indians took three of its Indian contingent, Captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav, to Abu Dhabi on a private charter flight. The trio, along with their families, arrived today morning and will now undergo six days of hard quarantine, starting today in accordance with IPL guidelines, âa statement from MI issued.
“All members had returned negative RT PCR results before departure. A new RT PCR test was performed on arrival in Abu Dhabi, which are also negative,” he also said.
RCB captain Virat Kohli and his first race leader Mohammed Siraj also took a charter flight from Manchester.
“Keeping the safety and security of our players as a top priority, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have arranged a special charter flight for Captain Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj to ensure their safe transit to the United Arab Emirates.
“The players will fly on Saturday at 11:30 p.m. UK time and arrive in Dubai early Sunday morning. Virat and Siraj will undergo a 6-day quarantine in Dubai before joining the team’s bio-secure bubble,” he said. declared RCB. in a press release.
Harrison himself attended the Shastri book launch
It was learned on Friday evening that even England and Wales Cricket Board CEO Tom Harrison attended the book launch of Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, who was infected while in office and was forced to quarantine during the fourth test.
BCCI was irritated by the timing of the event in the middle of the series as it allowed outside guests. He has now been identified as a super spreader with no one wearing face masks due to the relaxed rules.
Shastri, bowling coach Bharath Arun and defensive coach R Sridhar all tested positive after the event.
It was the local UK newspaper ‘Evening Standard’ that reported Harrison’s presence on August 31, which was not known to most people.
“Standard Sport can reveal that Harrison, the managing director of the ECB, also attended the event. He wore a mask everywhere except for eating and drinking.”
However, if the newspaper is to be believed, Harrison “apparently had not seen the guest list” and “expected a COVID-safe event, in accordance with the safer guidelines that have been set for them. two teams by the ECB this summer.
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