New Delhi: Strict COVID-19 protocols in Abu Dhabi, one of many three emirates scheduled to host the IPL matches from September 19, has hamstrung the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI). The world’s wealthiest cricket board is at present in talks with the governments of the emirates, desperately looking for concessions.
And due to the COVID-related issues in organising the 13th version of the IPL, the BCCI has not solely not introduced the schedule of matches, however has additionally not shared its plans with the eight franchises.
“The BCCI hasn’t told the franchises anything yet about the IPL schedule. But for us franchises the IPL is on as of today, because if the IPL was not to happen this year the BCCI would have told us much earlier. The franchises have spent a lot of money on their teams. Positive cases will continue to emerge,” a supply in a franchise instructed IANS from the UAE.
“The point is that if the BCCI has to cancel the IPL they need to cancel it today. They can’t cancel it after 15 days. The franchises are here in the UAE and have spent so much money on their teams. Also, when we have called our players for the IPL, we will have to pay them as well. In the event of a cancellation, we can’t tell the players that since you didn’t play matches we wouldn’t pay you. All that will have to be taken into consideration. Presently, BCCI officials are talking to the local governments of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah,” the franchise official knowledgeable.
Indian Premier League Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel and interim BCCI CEO Hemang Amin are within the UAE and are in talks with the three emirates governments to hunt some concessions within the strict COVID protocols for the IPL after which chalk out a workable plan.
One other supply mentioned if one goes from Dubai to Abu Dhabi COVID-testing is finished on the border and it takes as much as two-and-a-half hours. Alternately, one has to supply a certificates of a unfavourable results of a take a look at executed throughout the final 48 hours. “But you do not expect the likes of Dhoni and Kohli to stand in the queue for that long. So, BCCI is trying to get permission to do COVID tests on IPL squad members in their hotels,” he mentioned.
On the similar time, all franchises have turn out to be further cautious after 13 Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) members, together with two gamers, examined COVID-19 optimistic within the UAE. Gamers and training workers come out of their resort rooms just for follow/coaching/yoga periods and for some leisure actions that a number of franchises, like Mumbai Indians, have created. However breakfast, lunch and dinner are being served of their rooms. All that’s being executed throughout the established native COVID protocols.
“We are taking all the precautions after the CSK episode. Initially, we had thought that we would take the team out for a few team dinners sometime during the tournament. But that plan has been shelved. Now, it is only bubble, and bubble, and bubble. All meals are being served in the squad members’ rooms; it’s only room service now,” a franchise official mentioned.
Abu Dhabi has the strictest protocols of the three emirates the place the IPL is to be performed. It has nearly sealed all its entry-exit factors, and is permitting individuals to enter solely after they furnish proof of their unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at outcomes.
The opening match of the IPL, between champions Mumbai Indians and runners-up CSK, is predicted to be performed in Abu Dhabi on September 19. If all of the items don’t fall into place by that point, then the BCCI must make additional adjustments in plans, and perhaps cancel the Abu Dhabi leg altogether.
The delay within the announcement of the IPL schedule has prevented STAR India, the official broadcaster, from finalising their plans for the protection. It was deliberate that separate crews can be stationed in every of the three emirates, because of the pandemic, to cowl the matches. In the meantime, one one who would have been a part of STAR’s manufacturing crew has examined optimistic in India and has been grounded. All in all, the state of affairs on all fronts is fluid, and everyone seems to be retaining his fingers crossed.
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