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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians players to undergo five COVID-19 tests before heading to UAE

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An official from the franchise mentioned that the players have already began to arrive and a strict protocol is in place.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have began assembling slowly with many of the home players having arrived in Mumbai or arriving within the subsequent couple of days. The Indian stars are additionally set to be a part of them within the subsequent 7-Eight days as they gear up for the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be performed within the UAE.

Speaking to IANS, an MI official mentioned that players have already began arriving and there’s a strict protocol in place to be sure that no person falls prey to the coronavirus.

“The domestic players have started to arrive and they all are sent into a 14-day quarantine wherein the only time they are allowed to exit the room is when they need to get their test done. Apart from that, all facilities are being provided inside the rooms.

“The India players are additionally anticipated to are available quickly and so they too will undergo the quarantine part. As and when a participant’s quarantine interval is over, he’s then given the go-ahead to begin coaching at our floor,” the official explained.

Asked about the testing part, the official explained that there will be five rounds of testing for the MI players by the time they take the plane to UAE.

“See, we have now requested all of the players to undergo two rounds of testing of their residence metropolis before they arrive to Mumbai. And right here, we’ll do one other three rounds of testing which we imagine is nice sufficient. There is perhaps one or two instances whereby a participant won’t have had satisfactory amenities at residence and managed to get only one take a look at as an alternative of two. But all in all, we’re taking a look at five rounds of tests before heading to play the IPL for the players in addition to the help workers,” the official pointed.

Asked about the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), the official said that these are tough times and the franchise believes it is important to work in tandem with the BCCI and ensure smooth functioning.

“We are ready for the SOP from the BCCI, however we do perceive that these are unexpected instances and the stress is already that rather more on the board. We even have ready our roadmap on how we’re wanting to method the match and can combine it with the SOP which the BCCI is anticipated to give us within the subsequent couple of days. Patience is the important thing as no person was ready for such a flip of occasions,” he said.

Commenting on when the team plans to leave, the official said: “Let’s see. Maybe round August 21 or 22. The remaining date hasn’t been zeroed in on as but. We ought to have a clearer image after the assembly with the IPL Governing Council.”

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