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Covid-19: Unaffected IPL teams are starting to leave a bio-bubble

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Shikhar Davan and Prithvi Shaw

The four teams, which are not affected by the positive cases of Covid-19 in their camps, have received the green signal to disperse and have already started to leave their respective bio-bubbles after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was canceled after positive cases in four of the eight teams.

While players and employees of Rajasthan Royals (RR) have already started to leave the bio-balloon in Delhi, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will leave its bio-balloon in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) members will also start leaving their bubble tomorrow and the day after. Some of the franchises, such as Punjab, have made complex arrangements by booking different charter flights for different sectors.

“Yes, we will start tomorrow and players and employees will most likely go on different charter flights,” a franchise employee told IANS.

The RR, PBKS, RCB and Mumbai Indians were not affected by any positive cases in their camp.

However, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Delhi Capitals (DC) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) are affected by positive cases and may remain in isolation.

However, a senior official of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) said that players and employees who have not passed tests even in the affected teams are entitled to leave the bio-balloon.

Affected players must remain in isolation for some time and pass tests. Tests must show negative results before they are allowed to disperse.

A decision has yet to be made on foreign players in franchises.

While South Africans are allowed to return home by their government, discussions are still under way on how and where to send Australian cricketers.

Australians cannot return home. They will probably go to a third country and quarantine there. It is possible that they will all be sent to the same country as the UAE or the Maldives, where Michael Slater went.

The Indian Council will take a further decision on the matter and outline its departure plans.

Sources say the players could be detained and sent together to the countries concerned, as the Indian board has taken on the responsibility of sending them home safely.

The Indian Cricket Board assured foreign cricketers, saying: “It will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants.”

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