With the second phase of the IPL 2021 right around the corner, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked all the eight franchises to complete the vaccination of all players and staff members who will be participating in phase-2 of IPL that will be held in the UAE.
In the second phase of the IPL 2021, ensuring the safety of every member involved in the competition is of the utmost importance.
Sources said, “We have been told that all those travelling 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.”
Teams will be eager to get back on the pitch and compete for the trophy as all the franchises will look to land a spot for themselves in the knockout stages.
Before the tournament was suspended in May, Delhi Capitals was leading the points table with 12 points in eight games and were followed up by Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the top four.
The phase-1 of IPL 2021 had to be suspended indefinitely midway due to the circumstances developed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Players and staff members from several teams were tested positive for the deadly virus due to which the IPL 2021 came to halt earlier this year in May.
The second phase will begin with Chennai Super Kings taking on Mumbai Indians on September 19.
On the other hand, a few players have already opted out of IPL in the UAE. Pat Cummins and Ben Stokes are among the players who are likely to miss the remainder of the marquee T20 league in the next month.
The official broadcaster of the domestic tournament Star Sports may receive plenty of new lucrative deals from brands and advertisers ahead of the commencement of the IPL 2021.