The star trio of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Tim Seifert, touched down in Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening after the completion of the CPL.
Andre Russell and Tim Seifert arrive in UAE for IPL 2021 Phase 2 (@KKRiders Photo)
- Russell, Narine and Seifert arrived in Abu Dhabi from Saint Kitts and Nevis
- The star trio were part of the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League
- Players arriving in UAE for IPL 2021 will need to self-quarantine for 6 days
The Kolkata Knight Riders received a major boost on Thursday night as superstar players Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Tim Seifert landed in Abu Dhabi ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Russell represented the Jamaican Tallawahs while Sunil and Seifert were among the Trinbago Knight Riders who reached the semi-finals of the tournament. All three players have been in good shape, with Russell recording even the fastest fifty in tournament history during CPL 2021.
The three players, along with analyst AR Srikkanth, reached the United Arab Emirates via Malaga in Spain, where the private jet stopped on the tarmac to refuel the plane. Members were tested upon arrival at Royal Jet’s private facilities in Abu Dhabi and then transferred to quarantine at the team’s hotel. Once the necessary protocols are completed, they will be allowed out of quarantine in accordance with BCCI guidelines.
All KKR players are now in the IPL bubble and KKR will start their second leg against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on September 20. The double IPL champions are ranked seventh on the points table with four points from seven matches.
IPL 2021 was initially postponed indefinitely after just 29 matches in May due to the second wave of Covid-19 in India. But the Indian Cricket Council (BCCI) was able to find a window to play the 31 remaining matches to end the season and therefore decided to take the tournament to the United Arab Emirates where it will be played from September 19 to October 15 in Dubai. , Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Oman.
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