India’s Tour of Australia next month will be Team India’s very first cricketing assignment in the pandemic era. Therefore the BCCI is making all possible efforts to maintain the health and safety of the players who will be a part of this tour. Indian players will be leaving for Australia from Dubai after the IPL final.
Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari and the Ravi Shastri-led coaching staff have already arrived in Dubai and are undergoing mandatory quarantine. Meanwhile, Australia bound India players have been advised to stay away from IPL after parties by the BCCI.
BCCI Warns Australia Bound India Players
After the IPL, the players will be added to a new bio-bubble at the Habtoor Palace Hotel in Dubai. The Test specialists have already started training in Dubai and will join the entire squad after IPL ends before flying to Australia.
“Any IPL participant who does not follow the above protocol may not be permitted to board the charter flight from UAE to Australia,” the BCCI warned as per the report.
The schedule for the series is out and the quarantine protocols have also been assigned by the New South Wales government. The BCCI is yet to give it its final confirmation.
The tour will get underway with the first two ODIs on November 27 and 29 are set to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the third ODI on December 1 and the first T20I on December 4 will take place at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, before the teams return to Sydney for the final two T20Is at the SCG on December 6 and 8.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2020 playoffs start from today in Dubai. Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals will play the first Qualifier. The winner of the game goes through to the final. RCB and SRH play the Eliminator in Abu Dhabi on Friday (November 6). The loser of qualifier 1 will play the winner of the eliminator in the second qualifier on November 8 also in Abu Dhabi. The final of IPL 2020 will be played in Dubai on November 10.