After many speculations about the cancellation of the Dream11 IPL 2020, it is finally ready to start out from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The biggest cricket league in the world had to be shifted to the Gulf nation due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India.
Overcoming every hurdle, the 13th edition of the mega-event will provide fans with much-needed entertainment. 56 matches will be played until the 3rd of November, after which the top four teams on the league table will play the final play-off matches.
All eight teams have already begun their preparations but they are still expecting the Australian players to join their respective sides. Australia and England have one ODI match remaining before they arrive in the UAE on the 17th of September, just two days before the Dream11 IPL 2020 begins. However, due to safety protocols, they will need to follow a 6-day quarantine before joining their respective squads. After wrapping up their ODI series against England, Steve Smith (Rajasthan Royals), Josh Hazlewood (Chennai Super Kings) and David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) will head straight to the UAE from the United Kingdom.
They will have to remain in isolation for six days upon their arrival, as confirmed by CSK bowling coach Eric Simons.
Since Chennai Super Kings’ arrival in the UAE, the M.S Dhoni-led team are hit with several blows as 13 staff members, including two players had recently tested COVID-19 positive. Simons also revealed that the Chennai Super Kings players will need to wear a “smart health tracking device” whenever they exit their hotel rooms.
Dream11 IPL 2020 kicks off with defending champions Mumbai Indians facing last year’s runner-ups Chennai Super Kings in the season opener at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 19th of September.