Ryan Harris, who was recently appointed as the new bowling coach of Delhi Capitals, has landed in United Arab Emirates (UAE), ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Landed in Dubai. Our new bowling coach Ryan Harris has joined us,” Delhi Capitals said in a tweet.
The franchise had announced on Tuesday that Harris will be their new bowling coach for IPL 2020 slated to be played from September 19 to November 10. James Hopes, who was the team’s bowling coach in 2018 and 2019, will be unable to travel with the team this year owing to personal reasons, the Delhi-based franchise had informed.
“I am delighted to be back in the IPL,” Harris had said as quoted by IANS. “This is a huge opportunity for me to contribute to the franchise’s ambitions of lifting the coveted IPL trophy. The Delhi Capitals side has an impressive bowling line up, and I can’t wait to start working with them all.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting had arrived in Dubai on Wednesday. Both the coaches will remain in isolation for six days as per the protocols laid by the IPL Governning Council and the BCCI for the cash-rich tournament, set to be played from September 19 to November 10.
The Indian players and the coaching staff of the Delhi franchise had already assembled in Mumbai earlier this week. And after all of them tested negative for COVID-19, the entire unit left for the UAE.
The 2020 season of the IPL will be played for 53 days across three venues in the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
The final match will be played on a Tuesday, to make it the first-ever IPL to have its final on a weekday. The matches this season will also start 30 minutes before their original time of 4 PM and 8 PM.
The IPL 2020, which was scheduled to be played from March 29 this year, was earlier postponed to April 15 before it was suspended again due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.