The 13th edition of the Indian Indian Premier League is slated to get underway from September 19, but the recent developments surrounding Covid-19 has brought IPL under scrutiny.
While some team managements decided against travelling with families, there have certain players who have been privy to it.
The BCCI, in a 16-page Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document containing an overview of safety and health protocols addressed to the franchise, has listed in detail the guidelines to be followed by families during their stay in the UAE in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Families of players and support staff, team owners and Dope Control Testing Officers are among the other members apart from players, match officials, team doctors who will be allowed to be in the UAE in biosecure environments during IPL 2020.
Players and support staff, both domestic and overseas, will have to undergo 5 Covid-19 PCR tests before entering the bio-secure environment in the UAE. Family members of the players and support staff will also have to undergo the said tests.
One of the most successful team in the history of IPL is Mumbai Indians which will be led by star batsman Rohit Sharma.
Rohit travelled with his wife Ritika and daughter Samaira on Friday. Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to share a video on of him working out with wife Ritika Sajdeh. In the video, the couple can be seen doing various exercises in a bid to stay fit. Rohit Sharma, in the caption of his tweet wrote, “Stronger together.”
Stronger together ? pic.twitter.com/fMlGiRWoHG
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 25, 2020
On the other hand, The RCB franchise organised a special cake cake-cutting ceremony for Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma, as the couple announced pregnancy and Yuzvendra Chahal for his recent engagement and they also gave a sneak-peek into players’ gaming room.
7 days of quarantine in Bengaluru followed by 7 days in Dubai and 6 COVID tests later, the team finally got a chance to spend quality time together in a dedicated private beach and a state of the art team room, within the secure bio bubble.#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/UweXBqhjlv
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 29, 2020
The IPL was moved out of the country due to rising cases of coronavirus in India. The IPL 2020 kicks off on September 19 and the final of the tournament will be played on November 10.
Mumbai Indians pacer who is currently in UAE was seen spending some fun time with his wife. Shraddha Kharpude. In a video uploaded by Mumbai Indians on their Twitter handle, the duo was seen playing FIFA on their console in the hotel rooms during the quarantine phase.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) August 28, 2020
Dynamic big-hitting batsman who has earned a reputation for himself during his stint at the Mumbai Indians is another player who travelled with his spouse. In a picture posted by MI on their official website, Suryakumar Yadav was seen posing with his beau Devisha Shetty in the fancy team room prepared for the players to spend their days in quarantine.