The Indian Premier League Board of Governors will meet on August 2 to finalize the schedule and other arrangements for the highly anticipated T20 centerpiece to be held this year in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament, forced to leave India due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic,. Will be held from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE. “The IPL Board of Directors will meet on August 2,” IPL President Brijesh Patel.
Another senior BCCI official said the eight franchises will get a clear picture of tournament conditions at the meeting. “Franchises should receive the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) after the meeting,” the senior official said on condition of anonymity.
The meeting, which is expected to be attended by senior BCCI officials,.. Including President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah, would address concerns from various stakeholders. Ganguly and Shah’s terms have ended, but the two have sought relaxation in the Lodha committee, recommended by the Supreme Court’s Cool Standards Committee, which will hear the case on August 17.
In addition, it is highly likely that this edition of the IPL would have less double headers,. Which would be beneficial for broadcasters. Ways to reverse the loss of gate money for franchises as matches will be played before empty stages in a secure bio-environment will also be a major topic of discussion.
While most franchises are expected to send their reconnaissance teams to the UAE to verify the facilities as well as the biosecurity environment that might be created, concerns remain, including the hosting plan and catering services.
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Another delicate question that may arise is whether the families of the players would be allowed to accompany them. A senior franchise official told PTI that it would be “criminal” to keep players away from their families for two months and that too. in a sanitized environment.
“Normally wives and girlfriends join players for a set period of time, but it’s a completely different scenario. If families are traveling, can they be confined to rooms without being able to move around normally? Asked an official.
“There will be players who will have children aged 3 to 5 and how do you keep them in a room for two months?” he added.