IPL 2021 : Indian players fly out from Manchester to UAE

IPL 2021 : Indian players fly out from Manchester to UAE

Exactly a day after the final Test of the England vs India series in Manchester was cancelled for now because of fears of Covid-19 spreading in the visitors’ camp, several players from both teams are flying out to the UAE to get together with their respective IPL 2021 franchises. Mumbai Indians were the first, flying Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav from Manchester to Abu Dhabi in a luxurious charter flight. Royal Challengers Bangalore are scheduled to do the same later in the day for the pair of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj, who will be going to Dubai.

In a statement released on Saturday, Mumbai Indians said,” The trio [Rohit, Bumrah and Suryakumar], along with their families, arrived today morning and will now undergo 6 days hard quarantine, starting today as per the IPL’s guidelines.All members had returned negative RT PCR results before departure. A new RT PCR test was undertaken upon arrival at Abu Dhabi, which are negative as well.”

Another statement released from the Royal Challengers, also on Saturday, explained that Kohli and Siraj would be flying separately from the others as the franchise believed in “keeping safety and security of our players as the utmost priority”.
 
The rest of the players from both India and England will take a commercial flight to the UAE on Saturday. All players arriving from Manchester are required to undergo a strict six-day quarantine in their hotel rooms before joining the bio-bubbles of their respective teams.

List of IPL-participating players flying from Manchester to UAE 

Delhi Capitals: Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

Chennai Super Kings: Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja

Sunrises Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha

Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami

Kolkata Knight Riders: Prasidh Krishna

One of the major reasons for the Indians opting against playing the Manchester Test was the enclosed dressing room at Old Trafford. Adding to that was the fact that since Parmar was treating a large number of players, it was difficult to determine who his close contacts were.
 
In their discussions with the BCCI, the players also expressed concern about the situation having an impact on their families – many of the Indian players were in England with their families, including Kohli, Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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