Indian Premier League Franchises Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have been allowed to train outdoors from August 28 in Abu Dhabi, where a two-week mandatory quarantine norm had led to some confusions among the two franchises earlier.
As per the COVID protocols of Abu Dhabi, both KKR and Mumbai Indians were required to complete 14 days of quarantine after which they would have got permission to start their training sessions. But their counterparts based in Dubai had already started their training after only a week of mandatory quarantine, given the COVID protocols in Dubai allows the same.
Both KKR and Mumbai Indians were clearly not pleased with such differences, and both the franchises sought IPL Governing Council’s intervention regarding the same on Wednesday.
Following the franchises’ request, the IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel along with other BCCI members held a meeting with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to resolve this issue on Thursday evening, which eventually led to the revision of the quarantine protocols in Abu Dhabi for the teams.
Now, with the protocols being revised, both Mumbai Indians and KKR have been granted permission to start training immediately, as they have already completed a week’s quarantine, like their counterparts in Dubai and Sharjah.
Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have already started their training sessions on Thursday.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to start their training from today and now with KKR and Mumbai Indians granted permission with immediate effect, they are also expected to take to the grounds from Friday itself.