The much-awaited second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kickstart from Sunday (September 19) in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The second leg of the IPL 2021 will start with the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Earlier, the 2021 season was suspended due to the COVID-19, and the BCCI had to move the competition to the UAE.
The 14th edition of the tournament was held in India initially without any crowd due to the COVID-19 pandemic but in the second leg, fans will be back in Dubai Sharjah and Abu Dhabi stadiums in limited numbers. Fans can buy tickets for the remainder of the tournament on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchased on PlatinumList.net.
With the excitement all-time high to play amid the in-stadium crowd in the Gulf country, the franchises need to be wary of stringent rules and protocols mandatory for the teams in Phase 2 of the league.
What are the COVID-19 Protocols?
🔲 All members need to undergo three mandatory RT-PCR tests and show negative results for them before entering the bio-bubble.
🔲 All individuals must quarantine themselves and avoid contact with others after the RT-PCR test. All franchise team members must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, 72 hours before their scheduled flight.
🔲 All the family members and franchise owners also need to remain in the bio-bubble just like the players. In unavoidable circumstances, franchise team members and their families can leave the bubble only after getting permission from BCCI’s Chief Medical Officer.
🔲 For passengers arriving from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, it is mandatory that the COVID-19 RT-PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for the verification process.
🔲 If a ball goes into the stands or outside the ground, it would be immediately replaced. However, the replaced ball won’t be discarded but sanitized and returned to the collection for further use.
🔲 Green corridors will be created to avoid close contact with any individuals who are outside their Bio-Secure Bubbles if in exceptional circumstances members within a bubble are required to visit a hospital.
The IPL schedule
The IPL 2021 second phase begins on September 19, and the league phase ends on October 8th. On October 10, Qualifier 1 will take place, followed by the Eliminator on October 11. Qualifier 2 will take place on October 13, followed by the important finals on October 15, 2021.
IPL teams and their squads
Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Anrich Nortje, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod
Chennai Super Kings
Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Narayan Jagadeesabn, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, R Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Nathan Ellis
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga
Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, Jason Holder, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Yadav, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jason Roy
Where to Watch?
In India, this time IPL 2021 will be broadcast on the Star India Network in eight languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, and Kannada. Star Sports, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, SD channels, Star Sports First will telecast LIVE. Besides this, Disney + Hotstar will stream live online.