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IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad players depart for the UAE

Filed on August 23, 2020
Delhi Capitals players pose for a picture from inside the plane bound for the UAE. -- Delhi Capitals Twitter handle

Both teams posted videos on social media platforms on Sunday.

Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad teams have departed for the UAE ahead of the Indian Premier League 13th edition schduled to be played in the UAE from Sept 19 to Nov 10.

On Sunday, the teams posted videos on social meia platforms. In the video, the cricketers are seen interacting amongst themselves, with some players from the Delhi Capitals going on to reveal their excitement. "Arrived at the Mumbai Airport," DC captioned the post.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad handle further had a special mention in store for Manish Pandey.

"How does it feel to see the boys back in? PS: Watch out for @manishpandeyinsta's cameo," read the Instagram post.

The Delhi Capitals' Indian players had assembled at Mumbai, and the players had taken Covid-19 tests on Saturday.

Since the results of all came back as negative, the entire unit departed for the UAE.

Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, and Kings XI Punjab have already reached the UAE for the upcoming edition of the IPL.

As per the Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs), the BCCI has already told the franchises that the players have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine period after arriving in the UAE.

As per SOPs issued by the BCCI, the players have to undergo RT-PCR tests on Day 1, 3, and 6 of the quarantine phase and then they will be entering the bio-bubble provided they test negative on all three occasions.

The 13th edition of the IPL will be played for 53 days, from September 19 to November 10, across three venues -- Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.

The final match is scheduled to be played on a weekday, i.e. Tuesday, for the first time in the history of the T20 tournament.

This time, both the afternoon and evening matches will be played half-an-hour earlier than usual.

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