London: England and Australia's IPL-bound players are likely to miss the first week of Indian Premier League after it was announced that the two teams will play six white-ball games from September 4-16 at Southampton and Manchester respectively.
England and Australia will be playing three T20 Internationals at the Ageas Bowl on September 4, 6 and 8 while the ODIs will be held on September 11, 13 and 16 at the Old Trafford.
The players can touch base in UAE on September 17 or 18 and as per the IPL SOP and then they will be quarantined for six days with RT-PCR tests on day 1, 3 and 6. On the seventh day, they will be entering the bio-bubble provided they test negative on all three occasions.
Effectively, none of the players will be available for at least the first two to three games of their respective franchises.
A total of 29 players from England and Australia are part of the eight IPL squads including David Warner, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Steve Smith and this year's record buy Pat Cummins. Rajasthan Royals are likely to suffer the most in their absence as they have Buttler, Smith and Archer in their ranks.
The upcoming series will also be a bio-secure behind the closed doors event with the Australian team reaching UK on August 24.
1st T20I: September 4 (10.30 pm IST) 2nd T20I: September 6 (6.30 pm IST) 3rd T20I: September 8 (10.30 pm IST).
1st ODI: September 11 (5.30 pm IST) 2nd ODI: September 13 (5.30 pm IST) 3rd ODI: September 16 (5.30 pm IST).