As India gears up for Indian Premier League 2021, COVID-19 still remains as a challenge for the organizers. KKR confirmed that it’s pace bowler, Pat Cummins will be arriving on April 2. The team is all set to face their opponent on April 11 as the IPL 2021 kick starts. Officials confirmed that he will be available for training from April 9.
Officials said that due to the pandemic, strict rules have been implied in every country and thus it is a challenging situation to get people out Australia. Regarding this, Mike Hesson, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Director of Cricket also confirmed that getting players to come to India, prior the IPL 2021 dates is a challenge during this Covid-19 crisis.
Sources have confirmed that Cummins will be landing in India late in the evening of April 2. Following the guidelines of the Covid-19, he will be quarantined for 7 days before he is allowed to step on the field.
According to the BCCI’s SOPs, each and every person landing from foreign lands, will have to go through mandatory COVID-19 tests and 7 days quarantine in order to step out on the field.
After the bid of 15.5 crores on Cummins by KKR, he became the most expensive foreign player till date in IPL. But this year during IPL 2021 auction, Chris Morris broke the record as he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for whopping Rs.16.25 crores.
The opening match will be played on April 9 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. whereas KKR will face their opponent for the first time on April 11. the match is scheduled between KKR and SunRisers Hyderabad.