It's been a busy week for the IPL franchises since the BCCI got the green signal from the Indian government to organise the T20 extravaganza in the UAE.
IPL giants Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have already begun the quarantining procedure.
There are many reports on the franchises being unhappy with the BCCI (SOPs) putting their booking on hold...but the Indian players are happy to finally get back on field after a long lay-off.
"It's the longest gap that I have ever had in my career without holding a bat," Rohit Sharma told PTI.
"It will be a bit challenging. Unless I play, I will not know where I am and how I feel but body is completely fine. I feel physically more strong than ever because of the last four months.
"We have lot of time in our hands... I will be taking it slow. Luckily, I don''t think there is any rush that I need to show. We have enough time. I will work on getting back to the ground slowly because the temperature in Dubai is 40 degrees. It''s not easy.
"Your planning changes a lot. Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower side. The pitches are not so different from India but yes overhead conditions will be a big factor as you are not always used to playing in 40 degrees, which can be a bit of a challenge. As much as we sit and plan things here, it could completely change once we are there and check out the conditions and then think about ideal combinations."
The 2020 IPL is scheduled to start on September 19.
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