These are unprecedented times and the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is also taking some unprecedented measures to take care of their players and teams. Not only teams will have to follow BCCI guidelines and stay in BIO-BUBBLE created by the IPL authorities but also some special steps are being taken at the franchises end as well.
Firstly, almost every franchise management InsideSport spoke to admitted that they are exploring to block Chartered flights for the team travel to UAE and no regular flights will be used for the purpose. Secondly, franchises will not book five-star hotels for the squad in UAE, instead they are planning to book resorts and private apartments for the players in order to ensure complete safety for the squad from the Coronavirus.
IPL 2020 : Where the IPL teams will stay in UAE ?
In UAE, the idea is to keep the biggest stars of world cricket holed up in a routine of practice-hotel-matches-practice for a period of over 80 days can be an extremely demanding, if not unrealistic one, for the franchises of IPL.
– Four of the teams have already opted for beachfront properties
– These plush properties will give players an option of lazing around the private beaches – offering diversion from the sanitized hotel gyms and swimming pools.
– Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, co-owned by Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, have preferred to stay in the island properties of Abu Dhabi.
– Two more – Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be staying in sea-facing properties in Dubai
– Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals will be based within the City. CSK has booked hotel just next to Burj Khalifa.
– KingsXI Punjab will also in process of booking hotel in Dubai
IPL 2020 : Plans of IPL franchises team as they fly to UAE to play IPL 2020
Mumbai Indians have, meanwhile, started quarantining their Indian players in a hotel with regular Covid-19 tests scheduled. Players who complete their quarantine will then be allowed to train at their facility in Navi Mumbai. Rohit Sharma’s will make Abu Dhabi as its base instead of staying in Dubai. Abu Dhabi is round about 80-90 min journey by-road from Dubai and Mumbai Indians will prepare themselves for IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Not only this, Rohit’s team will not stay in a hotel but the Mumbai Indians team management is planning to rent out private apartments for their squad in Abu Dhabi according to sources.
Rajasthan Royals is also planning to conduct tests for their players and support staff over the next two weeks prior to their departure to Dubai by Chartered flights booked with Emirates
Kolkata Knight Riders
Like MI, Sharukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders also will make Abu Dhabi as its base. But unlike Mumbai Indians, KKR squad will stay in a resort. According to some sources, KKR management is in talks with Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas in Abu Dhabi for the stay of their team.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Led by David Warner, Sunrisers are planning to book a golf resort for their squad. The team management is currently in talks with Golf resorts in Dubai and may book the same for Sunrisers for the next 3 months
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Chennai Super Kings will make Dubai as its base. They are likely to make ICC Academy in Dubai as its practice base. The team management has booked five star hotel just next to Burj Khalifa for the Dhoni and his team. The Chennai team, led by their talismanic skipper M.S.Dhoni, have decided against allowing family members to accompany players to the UAE at least for the initial phase of the tournament. They have lined up their stay at a hotel near the iconic Burj Khalifa after being taken by a chartered flight from India. “At least for the initial phase, the families won’t be travelling with the players,’’ sources in the Chennai team said.
The franchises, incidentally, have asked for a series of tweakings in the drafted SOP – right from relaxations in the quarantine period of foreign players to that of families and a decision on it will be taken soon.