Afghanistan stars Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan are keen on maintaining their maintaining during the mandatory six-day quarantine in UAE.
Nabi and Rashid arrived in the desert country to join the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) squad ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Both of them are coming from the Caribbean islands as they were plying their trades in the CPL 2020 for St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents respectively.
Nabi and Rashid will now be packed in their hotel rooms for six days as they undergo quarantine as a precautionary measure against the novel Coronavirus. If the players return with three negative COVID tests in this time frame, they will be deemed eligible to join their teammates in training ahead of the tournament.
"Pretty excited to be here and joining the team. It has been a tough 6-7 months and now coming here to a different country playing the IPL. Will try my best to entertain myself and get busy with activities that make me feel fresh. After the quarantine finishes, the tournament will start immediately so I have planned on maintaining my fitness," Rashid said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sharing his plans for the upcoming IPL, Nabi said: "I am really excited to be back with SRH, I am keen to meet each and everyone in the team. You know we just came from CPL which was a long and tough tournament with back-to-back games. I hope to sleep for three days and then hopefully will start a little bit of training in the room. We played in the CPL and there was no crowd. We did not really enjoy it without the crowd. Let's see how we can enjoy here in the IPL."
The 13th edition of IPL will kick-start on September 19. SRH will open their campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on September 21 in Dubai.