BCCI has received the much-awaited permission from the Government of India: Finally, the much-awaited permission has been granted to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Indian government on Monday allowed BCCI to organize the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. Brijesh Patel the IPL Governing Council chairman confirmed the news.
Earlier, the BCCI had received in-general permission and it was waiting for written permission by the government in order to complete the contract with the Emirates Cricket Board.
What are the Dates then?
The entire tournament will be played for 53 days that is between 19 September 2020 and 10 November 2020. In total there will be 60 matches played at different venues. However, the tournament schedule has not been finalized yet.
The proposed 60 matches of the tournament will be played in UAE at three venues namely – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.
Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Last week the IPL sent the franchises a set of draft SOPs for the proper organization of the tournament. IPL laid out a rigorous testing process for players and support staff. Under this series tests, the players and supporting staff are mandated to pass at least four tests followed by a one week of quarantine before the players can start their pieces of training in UAE.
SOPs further explained about the Dos and Don’ts that team members have to follow while traveling lodging and training.
Meanwhile, the eight teams are busy planning their travel to the UAE under the set guidelines.
IPL has permitted the traveling and lodging of the families of the squad members to the UAE, restricting them to stay inside the bio-secure bubble. However, a final nod to this permission is yet to come.
IPL has also made it mandatory for each team to have a medical doctor on board in order to seek essential help when required.
Among the other SOPs, there is also a guideline of one team per hotel means no two or more teams can share a single hotel. All eight teams have to stay in separate hotels.
The IPL further warned that any breach of the protocols would be “punishable” under the tournament’s code of conduct.