The BCCI and the IPL franchises are making travel arrangements to get their players out of Manchester and flying them into UAE on Saturday.
The Mumbai Indians stars including skipper Rohit Sharma are leaving for Dubai on Saturday while the Chennai Super Kings and the Punjab Kings have also made individual travel arrangements in collaboration with the BCCI.
Apart from Sharma, the MI players Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav would also be leaving for Dubai with their families.
The skipper MS Dhoni-led CSK’s Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran have already started training ahead of the IPL resuming September 19.
The Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami and Dawid Malan are also in Manchester.
Before the cancellation of India vs England 5th Test match, the plan was a bubble to bubble transfer with players of both teams taking a chartered flight to the UAE.
The Indian cricket team heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday after the Manchester test got cancelled but there was still underlying anxiety in the camp on Friday.
However, the players are now eager to join their respective IPL franchises at the earliest in the UAE for the second half of the IPL which is due to begin on Sept 19.
Reports suggest that the players were already in talks with the franchises to make arrangements for their earliest extraction from Manchester UK.
The BCCI and the IPL franchises are keeping a close eye on Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Siraj as they are identified as close contacts of physio Yogesh Parmar who tested positive for Covid-19.
The BCCI has also informed all franchises that every player reaching the UAE from the UK will have to undergo 6 days quarantine before joining the team bubbles.