IPL bound players who take part in England vs Australia will most likely join their teams only by September 26. The ECB and Cricket Australia has announced the dates for Australia tour to England.
As part of the series, Australia will be playing T20 and ODI series from September 4. The visitors are expected to reach England on August 24. In order to get acclimatized to conditions in this pandemic era, Australia will play few practise games to prepare themselves.
The T20 series and ODI series will be played till September 16 in Southampton and Manchester. On the other hand, IPL will begin on September 19 with strict covid precautions to ensure maximum safety.
Most likely if the players begin their journey after the series, they will reach Dubai by September 17 or 18. After landing in UAE, the players will undergo six day mandatory quarantine and take RT-PCR tests on day 1, 3 and 6.
So, they will available only after a week and will most likely miss at least two to three games for their sides. Both England and Australia have some high profile names that will play in this series.
The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Pats Cummins, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler could all be featuring in this limited overs series.
England Only Country With Packed International Schedule
The ECB are the only board to have managed to overcome this pandemic situation. The United Kingdom is one of the few countries to have managed to control covid as corona subsided in Europe.
They have already played the test series against West Indies and are currently playing a three game test series against Pakistan. On the other hand, they did play ODIs against Ireland as well earlier this month.
However, the board are planning to finish off the summer with a highly intense action packed series against Australia. Both Australia and England are traditional rivals in cricket as they played against each other for well over a century.
“Their co-operation to ensure these matches are staged is crucial to cricket in this country. It will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we work through the challenges in front of us,” Harrison said.
The three ODI series will also be part of newly formed ICC World Cup super league. All in all, it is great to see two traditional heavyweights playing against each other. But it will be bad for IPL franchises who rely heavily on players from England and Australia.