Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli was pleased with the franchise’s first training session and said the spinners looked really good when they landed the ball in all the right areas. The IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 at three locations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. All eight IPL franchises have reached the UAE to participate in the upcoming tournament. Virat Kohli also said he was afraid of the first practice because he picked up a bat after five months.
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“Much better than expected, to be honest, I was pretty scared, haven’t picked up a bat in the last five months, but yeah, it just came out better than I expected. I trained quite a bit during the lockdown, so I did. feel quite fit and that helps because you can react better. That’s a big plus when you get heavier into the season so the body isn’t in the right shape and that starts to play in your head, “Kohli said in a video the one on RCB’s official Twitter handle.
“The spinners looked pretty good on day one, Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar landed the ball in all the right areas, Chahal bowed well too, the seamers made the moves a bit through today, all started our camp well,” he added.
South African pacemaker Dale Steyn also said it was nice to finally get to the center to get some exercise.
“Nice to get out after months of no training, I’m excited and hopefully I won’t pull up hard the next day,” Steyn said in the video.
Earlier today, 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 have also not yet been 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.
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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