IPL 2020 can now be termed as officially under way with a majority of players arriving in the UAE over the weekend.
Royal Challengers Bangalore main man Virat Kohli, Mumbai Indians fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and players from other franchises like Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders went into quarantine at various locations across Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
All IPL participants will get tested and be allowed to leave quarantine for training only after getting a clean bill of health.
The rescheduled season will be in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from September 19 to November 10.
The tournament was moved to the UAE due to the health situation in India caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the IPL will be played in a bio-secure environment, the Emirates Cricket Board hopes fans will be allowed at the venues at some stage of the tournament.
“As hosts, ECB will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed,” Mubashshir Usmani, the general secretary of the ECB, said.
“This includes fan attendance. We will then discuss with the BCCI to assess their spectator requirements.
“We want our Asian diaspora, as well as the other expat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands.”