Dubai: The cricketers of IPL team Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have completed compulsory six-day Quarantine period and during this time all three of their tests for Covid-19 came negative. These players were arrived here last week.
Players from both these teams are now ready for practice. To avoid the heat of Dubai, these teams plan to practice in the evening. Kings XI and Royals were among the early teams to reach here. The Kolkata Knight Riders' team also reached the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last Thursday. KKR's team is staying in Abu Dhabi.
According to the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI)'s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the players were tested on the first, third and sixth days after arriving here. After getting negative in these three Tests, players of Kings XI and Royals have started preparing for practice.
“Players were not allowed out of their rooms during the six-day stay. All the players who have arrived here from India have been tested thrice and they will start practice now,” a source associated with the Royals said.
The Royals team will practice on the ICC ground. South African cricketer David Miller, who joined the Royals this year, arrived here yesterday and will only be able to practice after completing his separation. Kings XI South African player Hardus Viljoen will also have to go through the same process.
Sources in Kings XI said, "All the players who arrived here from India on 20 August have completed segregation and they will start practicing now."
The teams of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings arrived in the UAE on Friday and their separation ended on Thursday. The IPL will be played at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE's three venues from 19 September to 10 November.