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 : Check where Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders will be staying in UAE
According to some of the IPL franchises, the hotels in UAE can be crowded and that can become difficult for the players to maintain required social distancing. This thought has led them to explore resort and private apartment stay for the teams according to a report.
Check out where each IPL team is planning to stay in UAE –
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.
Mumbai Indians– Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians 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.
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.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings is likely to make Dubai as its base. They are likely to make ICC Academy in Dubai as its practice base. The team management is currently exploring place to stay in Dubai but are yet to finalize anything.