Ajinkya Rahane on players taking families to UAE for IPL 2020: Upto BCCI, franchises to decide

India’s Test vice-captain and Delhi Capitals star Ajinkya Rahane has said it’s important to consider the health and safety of everyone concerned before taking a call on allowing family members of players to the United Arab Emirates for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Ajinkya Rahane, speaking on the latest episode of India Today Inspiration, said he would have loved to take his family to the UAE for IPL 2020 in a normal situation but he now has to think about their safety and the players’ safety due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

IPL 2020 was suspended until further notice due to the pandemic and it missed the April-May window. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is preparing to host the tournament in the September-November window in the UAE after the T20 World Cup and the Asia Cup were postponed.

“As an individual, you take Covid-19 situation aside, you would want your family to travel with you, but because of this situation, safety is important, safety of your wife, family and daughter, obviously safety of your teammates is really important,” Ajinkya Rahane told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor, Sports, India Today Group.

“Right now, I feel first health and then cricket is really important. We had a good 4-5 months with our family (during the lockdown).

“As I said, safety of our family, safety of our players and safety of each and every individual is important. The decision is completely up to the franchises and the BCCI. But as I said, there is still corona around, you got to think about each and every individual, think about your family especially about my wife and daughter. Safety is really important.

“I don’t know what decisions they are going to take but if you take this Covid-19 situation aside, you want your family to be there with you to support you whenever you are on the tour.”

Among the major talking points in the lead up to Sunday’s IPL Governing Council meeting has been a decision on allowing players’ families to join them in UAE. While the BCCI has prepared 240-page Standard Operating Procedure for the tournament, the cricket board will let franchises decide on whether they would allow families (wives, partners, children) to travel with the players or not, according to the PTI.

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