No post-IPL farewell parties for Indian players as BCCI warns exclusion from Australia tour

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As the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has reached its near-final stage, all the Indian players are ready to depart for upcoming Australia series from Dubai. Test cricket specialists Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari and the Ravi Shastri-led coaching staff have already reached Dubai from where the team is slated to fly for Sydney around November 14, which is a week after the completion of the 2020 Indian Premier League.

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However, no farewell parties of the Indian players with their respective franchises will take place to keep their safety in mind. Meanwhile, the players will be included in another bio-bubble at the Habtoor Palace Hotel in Dubai after the IPL 2020, where they will be placed to a new bio bubble as per the report of Mumbai Mirror.

“Any IPL participant who does not follow the above protocol may not be permitted to board the charter flight from UAE to Australia,” as per the report of the BCCI.

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Sydney and Canberra will host the limited-overs series whereas the teams will play the traditional Border-Gavaskar series as well. Meanwhile, the NSW government has released the quarantine schedule but the BCCI is yet to take a call on it.

The tour will begin with the first two ODIs on November 27 and 29 respectively which are slated to take place at the SCG, the third ODI will be played on December 1 and the first T20I on December 4 as well which will be played at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, before the teams come back to Sydney for the final two T20Is at the SCG on December 6 and 8 respectively.

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Meanwhile, the Test series will begin in Adelaide with the Pink Ball match. The Adelaide Oval match will be played between December 17-21, with Adelaide as the backup option for the Boxing Day Test if in case the Covid-19 situation does not allow it to be played at the MCG. Otherwise, Melbourne will be hosted the Boxing Day (December 26-30) Test followed by Tests in Sydney (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19) as well.

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