Despite of all the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) franchises putting in a request, the Governing Council of IPL has decided to not give any BIO-SECURITY relaxations to the England & Australian cricketers.
This means, all IPL teams will have to plan without Australian & England cricketers for the first week of IPL 2020.
The IPL GC members along with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) deliberated on the argument given by the franchises, that the English & Aussie cricketers will be coming in from one BIO-SECURE bubble to the other but have decided to not give any such relaxations.
What does this mean for the IPL teams ?
This means, that be it Steve Smith, David Warner, James Buttler, Johny Bairstow or any other cricketers, they will have to follow IPL 2020 Bio-Security norms to its fullest.
– After arrival, players will have to go under absolute quarantine for 6 days
– In period of these 6 days, they will be tested thrice – after all tests come negative, players will be allowed to join their respective teams
– This means the first week of IPL 2020, no England & Australian cricketer coming in after participating in the ongoing bilateral series will be seen in action.
It is final now, England & Australian cricketers will miss the first week of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The IPL franchises will have to play the first 1-2 games without the star cricketers from England & Australia in their squads. Be it Ben Stokes, Steve Smith or David Warner – IPL franchises will have to live without 17-18 leading cricketers due to participate in the 3 T20 & 3ODI game series that ends on 16th September.
It is worth noting that the franchises had requested the IPL Governing Council to relax the norms on the pretext of cricketers coming from one BIO-SECURE norm to the other, but the IPL 2020 management is not ready to give any relaxations in this regard.
“We can’t lower our guard. Any relaxation to anyone can cost us the IPL edition. Franchises have to live with the fact that some cricketers will miss one or two games. We all need to be vigilant and compliant in these very difficult times”, senior BCCI functionary had told InsideSport earlier on the issue.
IPL 2020 : England & Australian cricketers will miss the first week, which IPL franchise will lost the most ?
IPL 2020 Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals will be the worst hit franchise with the IPL GC’s decision. Royals who is already some stress because of uncertainty over Ben Stokes’s availability – now will also be missing out on the services of Steve Smith, Jofra Archer and Tom Curran in the first 1-2 games of IPL 2020.
IPL 2020 Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad is opening their IPL 2020 campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore team on 21st Sep. They will also miss the presence of their leader David Warner, Johny Baristow, Mitchell Marsh in the first game of IPL 2020.
IPL 2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers first game opponent RCB are also in the same boat. Virat Kohli’s team RCB will miss the services of opener Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali and Adam Zampa in their first game.
IPL 2020 : Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
The opening game of the IPL 2020 will be played between the CSK and MI teams. But fortunately for the defending champions Mumbai Indians will not miss much on account of England & Australian cricketers. Both Coulter-Nile & Chris Lynn are not part of the Australian team currently on the tour to England.
On the other hand, CSK will be hit hard as both their lead pace bowlers Sam Curran & Josh Hazlewood are currently on the national duties and will not be available for the game. CSK who is already a bowler short with Deepak Chahar uncertain for the opening game will have to live without both Curran and Hazlewood.
IPL 2020 : Delhi Capitals also will be hit big time
Delhi Capitals start their IPL 2020 campaign on the second day of the league with a game against KingsXI Punjab.
DC will miss out on Australian due of Alex Carey and M.Stoinis. On the other hand KingsXI Punjab will have to play the first game of IPL without Glenn Maxwell in the line-up.
Kolkata Knight Riders plays their first match on 23rd Sep so may get the services of Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Banton for the opening match.
IPL 2020 : England & Australian Cricketers in IPL 2020
Overall 17 players from Australia & 11 players from England are contracted to play in IPL 2020 on multi million dollar contracts.
According to IPL Moneyball, (https://moneyball.insidesport.co/ipl-index.php), after India Australian cricketers are due to earn the most from IPL 2020. 17 Australian cricketers will be taking home 86.7Cr this edition. 11 top class cricketers from England will be earning 43.8 Cr overall from the 13th edition of IPL.
Chennai Super Kings : Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, Shane Watson
Delhi Capitals : Alex Carrey, Stoinis
Kolkata Knight Riders : Pat Cummins, Green, Eoin Morgan, T. Banton
KingsXI Punjab : C.Jordan, Glenn Maxwell
Sunrisers Hyderabad : Bairstow, Mitchell Marsh, Stanlake, David Warner
Rajasthan Royals : Jofra Archer, Buttler, T.Curran, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, A.Tye
Royal Challengers Bengaluru : Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, J.Philippe, Adam Zampa
Mumbai Indians : Coulter-Nile, Chriss Lynn