The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September. The first match of the tournament is to be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). This time the IPL has been shifted to the UAE due to the Kovid-19 epidemic and the tournament is being played in the Bio Secure Environment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) handed over SOPs to every franchise team before leaving for UAE. The BCCI also left the decision to take the family along with the team players to the franchise teams. Mumbai Indians is the only franchise team that allowed its players to bring families with them. Captain Rohit Sharma and coach Mahela Jayawardene have spoken openly on this for the first time.
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Two days before the match, Rohit and Jayawardene met the media through video conferencing. During this, Rohit said, ‘We decided that we will live with our families. It is important for me to be with me, I am mentally relaxed. I am not worried about what he will be doing in Mumbai. Rohit is accompanied by his wife Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Adara in UAE. At the same time, Jayawardene said, ‘We wanted to create a family environment and we have done this in our team hotel. Our aim is to take care of our players and their family.
Mumbai Indians Squad 2020: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Digvijay Deshmukh, Quinton Dickock, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwari, Jaspreet Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathan Culper Nile, Trent Boult, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Kunal Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Chris Lynn, Hardik Pandya, Sherfane Rutherford, Anmolpreet Singh, Mohsin Khan, Mitchell McLeanigan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Suchit Roy, Ishan Kishan.
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Schedule of league matches of Mumbai Indians-
|The date||Against||According to Indian time||Venue|
|19 September||Chennai superkings||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|23 September||Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|28 September||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|1 October||Kings xi punjab||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|4 October||Sunrisers Hyderabad||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|6 October||Rajasthan Royals||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|11 October||Delhi capitals||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|16 October||Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|18 October||Kings xi punjab||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|23 October||Chennai superkings||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|25 October||Rajasthan Royals||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|28 October||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|31 October||Delhi capitals||3:30 PM||Dubai|
|3 November||Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM||Sharjah|