Kolkata Knight Riders Chief Executive Says Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins Are Available For Team Opening Game

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Pat Cummins and English batter Eoin Morgan will both be available for KKR’s IPL opener.© BCCI


England captain Eoin Morgan and Australian fast Pat Cummins will both be available for Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL 2020 opener, despite being involved in an ODI series just days earlier, the team’s CEO said. The Knight Riders have negotiated a reduced six-day quarantine in Abu Dhabi – less than the usual 14 – meaning Morgan, Cummins and English hitter Tom Banton can play the first game on Sept. 23, Venky Mysore told ESPNCricinfo.com. England’s and Australia’s ODI series ends on September 16, three days before the Indian Premier League starts in the United Arab Emirates.

The Knight Riders is the only IPL franchise with players from England and Australia based in Abu Dhabi, which unlike the other Emirates has a quarantine period.

“While they are still negotiating with the authorities, we are reconciled that we may have to quarantine our three players,” said Mysore.

“They arrive on September 17th, but our first game is on September 23rd, by then they would have ended their (six-day) quarantine. So it worked out well and it’s good for the tournament.”

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However, Mysore added that players arriving in the IPL ‘bubble’ from other bio-safe environments, such as the ODI series in England and Australia or the Caribbean Premier League, will not undergo the tournament-mandated quarantine.

The IPL is being held in the UAE due to the high case load of the coronavirus in India, the second worst hit country after the United States.

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