Shreyas Iyer, skipper of Delhi Capitals, has said the addition of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin will add great depth to the franchise’s squad for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 at three locations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Delhi would be led by Shreyas Iyer and the franchise has new additions such as Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin and Marcus Stoinis that will bolster their lineup.
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Last year, Rahane played for Rajasthan Royals while Ashwin Kings led XI Punjab.
“Our cricket brand is aggressive and passionate and that’s how we are as a team. The addition of Rahane and Ashwin adds a great sense of depth to our side and gives Ricky and me the opportunity to be flexible with us playing with XI depending on the opposition we play, ” Iyer said in a video posted on IPL’s official website.
“These are both individuals who are very knowledgeable about the game and have led IPL teams, so as a captain this is an opportunity for me to use their experience and reach out to them when I need some help,” he added he adds.
On Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that 13 staff members, including two players, tested positive for COVID-19.
However, the board did not specify which team has how many confirmed cases. The identities of the players and staff were also not disclosed.
“13 staff members have tested positive, including 2 players. All affected staff and their close contacts are asymptomatic and isolated from other team members. They are monitored by the IPL Medical Team,” the BCCI said in an official release.
All players and team personnel must undergo a six-day quarantine period after landing in the UAE, and everyone must be tested for COVID-19 three times.
Once they all test negative for COVID-19, the players can start training in the UAE with their teammates. Delhi Capitals has already started their practice as all involved tested negative for COVID-19.
The last match of the 2020 edition is scheduled for the first time in the history of the T20 tournament on a weekday, i.e. Tuesday.
This time, both the afternoon and evening games will be played half an hour earlier than normal.
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