RR fielding coach tests positive for COVID-19
Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19, Rajasthan Royals have confirmed. "Dishant is currently in his hometown Udaipur and has been advised to get admitted to hospital for his 14-day quarantine. Post 14 days, Dishant will be undergoing two tests as per the protocols of BCCI. On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self-isolating for 6 days and receiving 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE," the franchise said in a statement.
Teams planning to carry their own net bowlers
With the teams living in bio-secure bubbles, the teams are now planning to carry their own set of net bowlers and not depend on local net bowlers. Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders have already confirmed that they will have up to 10 net bowlers travelling to UAE with their squad. "If all goes well, we are planning to take around 10 bowlers exclusively to UAE for the practice sessions. They will be accompanying the team and will remain till the tournament starts," Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan told PTI.
The net bowlers will mostly have experience of playing in Ranji Trophy, Under-23 or Under 19 cricket.
BCCI receives government permission
The BCCI has received official permission from the Government of India to conduct IPL 2020 in the UAE, tournament chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed to Cricbuzz.
The franchises, who had been waiting for the official government go-ahead until Monday morning, will shortly meet with the BCCI office-bearers where the board will discuss the Standard Operating Procedures as well as address any concerns franchises have before jetting off to UAE around August 21.