MS Dhoni lead side CSK will be the first team to start their practice camps in the UAE as per our sources in the team staff. BCCI has already confirmed correspondence with the UAE authorities earlier and now official announcements for teams departures will be coming around next week.
All the players are expected to travel in the first or second week of August. Sources indicate that the team management has already decided the plan. They will practice in different pitches and grounds of all the 3 emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah). All the necessary hotels and practice grounds have been booked by the CSK team.
Advantage of going first is that they will get used to the humid weather conditions and pitches in UAE before other teams. Earlier this March, CSK had started their practice camps with players like MS Dhoni, DJ Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Suresh Raina for the IPL scheduled before COVID-19 pandemic.
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On the other hand, Mumbai Indians players have been practicing for a month in a small ground in Navi Mumbai. They are doing their regular fielding drills and outdoor nets. The information of the team’s travel to UAE is yet to come.
Other teams like Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals are likely to travel at the end of August or 1st week of September.