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It's that time of the year again, and our Knights from around the world have started assembling in Mumbai for the 2021 Vivo Indian Premier League.

Dinesh Karthik, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Vaibhav Arora and support staff including assistant coach Abhishek Nayar and assistant bowling coach Omkar Salvi were among the first set of people to arrive at the hotel on Saturday (20 March). Overseas players Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are expected to join soon, while the rest of the player-arrival details are yet to be finalised.

As per BCCI's guidelines, all players, support staff and management entering the bubble need to undergo a seven-day quarantine in their hotel rooms. Every individual will be tested multiple times during this period, and upon returning the necessary negative results, will be allowed to come out of their rooms and commence outdoor training and practice session.

The testing will continue as per BCCI's guidelines throughout the tournament, similar to how it was conducted last season in the UAE.

For those players involved in the upcoming India-England ODI series - Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna - the BCCI has made a provision allowing them a bubble-to-bubble transfer without having to serve a quarantine again.

"Players coming directly from the Bubble created for India vs. England series may be permitted to join the franchise squad without serving the mandatory quarantine period, provided they satisfy the following criteria," read the guidelines.

"After the conclusion of the India vs. England series, the players are moved directly to the franchise team hotel either in the team bus or on a chartered flight. If chartered flights are used then all protocols for crew members mentioned in Appendix 7 must be followed. If the travel arrangements are to the satisfaction of the BCCI Chief Medical Officer then such players will directly enter the franchise team Bubble without the need to serve a quarantine period or undergo an RT-PCR test."

KKR's first match of the season is scheduled for April 11 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai.

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