IPL 2020: Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton likely to be available for KKR's 1st game
May have to quarantine 3 players: KKR CEO on Cummins, Morgan, Banton availability
- Sep 13, 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore on Friday shed light on the availability of their English and Australian players for their first game in the Indian Premier League, revealing the level of detail that the franchise is going to bring the 3 stars to the United Arab Emirates for the 2020 season.
KKR will be making all necessary arrangements for the arrival of England captain Eoin Morgan, opening batsman Tom Banton and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins on September 17.
Cummins, Morgan and Banton are currently in the UK, playing the three-match ODI series between England and Australia which will get over on September 16 after which they will leave for Abu Dhabi where KKR are based.
The three superstars are likely to be available for their first match of the tournament against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Sept. 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Mysore explained that since the three players are already in a bio-secure bubble in the UK, they might not have to self-isolate themselves again to enter the IPL bubble once they arrive in the United Arab Emirates.
“While they are still negotiating with the authorities, we are reconciled to the fact that we may have to quarantine our three players.
They arrive on September 17, but our first game is on September 23, by which time they would’ve finished their [concessional six-day] quarantine. So, it’s worked out well, and it’s good for the tournament," Mysore told ESPNcricinfo.
Mysore also clarified that all possible precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the three players while also maintaining IPL's bio-secure environment.
“We told them, ‘they’re in a bio-secure bubble in UK. What if we brought them on a sanitised charter flight and we took care of all the elements of immigration, testing, contactless stuff and everything to allow them to come right into a bubble here?’
"To give credit to IPL, they took it very constructively and they have a written Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for that, which says if you’re coming from a bubble to another bubble, you don’t need the mandatory quarantine period.
"We’re bringing all our players on a charter straight to Abu Dhabi. Even smallest of detail like how they will go from hotel to airport - they go in a bus with driver who is part of the bubble - straight to the tarmac. That is the level of detailing we have gone into, because of which they have waived the quarantine period,” Mysore said.
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