Royal Challengers Bangalore will be flying out to Dubai for the latest session of IPL today. The camp for the Indian Premier League 2020 will only start after the players and the RCB support staff enter the bio bubble after they have completed a six-day isolation period and three COVID-19 tests upon reaching Dubai.
The three-week training camp with being once all the Indian and international players have reached. The camp will start in collaboration with Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson and head coach Simon Katich, the franchise announced in a statement.
For the preparations during the lockdown, the players were divided into groups and each group has followed a “world-class regime” together virtually.
“In an environment where fitness facilities have not been easily accessible, since the season announcement, RCB management has worked with coaches to map the players based on fitness needs and divided them into groups…monitored by Strength and Conditioning Coach, Shankar Basu,” the statement read.
As per the BCCI guidelines to take off for Dubai, the Indian Players in the RCB squad have to be in an ‘advanced quarantine’ and test negative three times before they can board the flight.
RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala commented about the bio-bubble that the management had made all the arrangements to take care of both the physical and mental health of the players.
He concluded, “also, the team is going to be isolated in a bio bubble for over two months, making it imperative that we implement all necessary measures for their physical and mental wellbeing…it is important that we give all the right support to the team so that they can walk into the stadiums roaring as true challengers.”
Another challenge that the players will face during the IPL 2020 is the lack of crowd support. It is going to be different to play in stadiums with empty stands when players are used to playing in fans packed venues.
The 13th edition of the IPL is scheduled to start on September 19.