IPL 2021: BCCI asks franchises to wrap up the vaccination of players going to UAE

The 14th edition of the Indian league was paused as Covid-19 cases hit the team camps.

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Taking into consideration the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked all the eight franchises to make sure that everyone traveling to the UAE for the second leg of the IPL is fully vaccinated before they leave the country. The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was paused as Covid cases hit the team camps. It was then decided that the remainder of the IPL will be scheduled in the UAE and kick start from September 19.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played. Ahead of the resumption of the tournament, it becomes pivotal that all the players and staff members are vaccinated to avoid any further concerns to the smooth running of the event

“We have been told that all those traveling should have completed taking both the doses of vaccination so that there is no problem once teams reach UAE. The quarantine process is most likely going to be seven days before teams can start training,” a source said as reported by the Indian Express

IPL 2021 set to resume in the UAE

The much-awaited tournament will begin with the Chennai Super Kings battling it out against Mumbai Indians for the first game in Dubai. When the teams faced each other in their previous encounter, Kieron Pollard had played a stunner innings to pull a victory for Mumbai Indians. The BCCI has confirmed that the England players will be available for the IPL and that comes as a sigh of relief for some of the franchises.

On the other hand, Australia speedster Pat Cummins is likely to miss the remainder of the IPL. “Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel.”

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