After South Africa Cricketers, players from Australia & England to miss IPL 2020 first week

By Bet Barter

August 1, 2020

The IPL ardent fans already know that the South African cricket stars are missing their first week in the event. In the turn of events, English and Australian players add this list as well. They are likely missing the first week of the Indian Premier League (IPL). To let the fans know, IPL 2020, with its 13th season, is coming from 19th September. This time, BCCI has given the hosting rights of the event to UAE as the pandemic situation is not very decent in India. The UAE organizers are excited, as they have chosen them as the venue of the entire event. They haven’t yet released the full schedule for the tournament. The IPL Governing Council will finalize it later this month after their meeting.

The council had initially planned to hold IPL 2020 from March to May. However, in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI postpones the event for an indefinite period. A month ago, the ICC canceled the current year’s T20 World Cup, which has paved the path for BCCI to fit IPL in the slot.

Now, this upcoming IPL extravagant even will lose some of its charms in its first week without Australian and English cricketers. The two nations will play limited-overs matches against each other and, hence, they will miss the first week of the tournament. Australia is visiting England next month for ODIs and T20Is matches.

ECB hasn’t formally declared the schedule

The current English summer will end with the ODI series between the two cricket teams. ECB hasn’t yet formally declared the England team schedule. Both the teams will play their last ODI on 16th September.

Australia and England will play their three T20I matches from 4th to 8th September. This is before they play their 3 ODIs. After the series end between them, the players playing in IPL with go directly to UAE to participate in the event.

The organizers will test these players for Covid-19 on their arrival. Players can move out of there quarantine center only if their reports come negative. These players will follow the SOPs created by BCCI before they join their teams. This entire process will take at least ten days, and thus the player will start late in the tournament.

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