IPL 13: MI players to undergo 5 rounds of Covid-19 tests before heading to UAE
The Indian Premier League will start on September 19 in the UAE
Defending champions Mumbai Indians have started assembling slowly as most of the domestic players have arrived in Mumbai. The Indian stars are also set to join them in the next 7-8 days as they gear up for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be played in the UAE.
A Mumbai Indians official said that players have already started arriving and there is a strict protocol in place to ensure that nobody 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 official said.
"The India players are also expected to come in soon and they too will go through the quarantine phase. As and when a player's quarantine period is over, he is then given the go-ahead to start training at our ground."
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.
"We have asked all the players to undergo two rounds of testing in their home city before they come to Mumbai. And here, we will do another three rounds of testing which we believe is good enough. There might be one or two cases wherein a player might not have had adequate facilities at home and managed to get just one test instead of two. But all in all, we are looking at five rounds of tests before heading to play the IPL for the players as well as the support staff," 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.
Commenting on when the team plans to leave, the official said: "Let's see. Maybe around August 21 or 22. The final date hasn't been zeroed in on as yet. We should have a clearer picture after the meeting with the IPL Governing Council."
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