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The IPL GC has recently handed out a SOP draft but the teams reportedly want several tweaks including reduction in mandatory quarantine period for players arriving in the UAE for the season.
“Outdoor training is out of question still, we’re being cautious and since everything is still very uncertain with regards to SOPs, we’re awaiting a final confirmation,” a franchise source told ESPNcricinfo.
As per the SOP, players have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine period once they have arrived in the UAE and take four COVID-19 tests. This is an area of contention for several franchises since it not only reduces the period of preparation but more importantly they may miss out on the services of overseas stars for a week who will arrive after fulfilling their CPL and international commitments.
The team owners are hopeful that a clarity on the SOPs will be given by this weekend.
It’s this reason why the franchises are yet to depart for UAE with Chennai Super Kings’ plan of arriving early scuppered because of the delay in issuing a formal SOP.
CSK along with Kings XI Punjab have asked their Indian players to assemble together before departure.
The IPL 2020 is set to get underway from September 19 with the final on November 10.