Franchises Begin Preparations In UAE Amid COVID Pandemic

New Delhi: Even because the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) waits for the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) to make an official choice on the destiny of the T20 World Cup earlier than making an announcement on the 13th version of the Indian Premier League, franchises have already been sounded out and they’re busy getting ready to play the league in UAE this 12 months.

Chatting with IANS, a franchise official stated that they’ve already began getting ready for the logistics and have zeroed in on the lodge they want to keep at in Abu Dhabi and the way precisely they’ll prepare and put together for the 13th version of the league.

“You need to be smart and plan early. We have been given the required inputs and are planning accordingly. We have actually decided on the hotel we wish to stay at in Abu Dhabi and how exactly we will go through the process of flying in and going through the necessary quarantine period once in UAE. We will obviously need to brush up with the then health guidelines of the country,” the official stated.

One other official of a former champion franchise stated that they need to get an isolation interval finished in India earlier than heading off to UAE. “We’re taking a look at having the boys come collectively in India. Undergo a interval of spending time in a bio-secure atmosphere after which get our exams finished and head to UAE.

“The rationale behind that’s we’re all staying at dwelling. So, if one among us is asymptomatic, now we have the danger of infecting others. That’s the reason it’s higher to undergo a few weeks of isolation and testing right here within the nation earlier than heading out,” the official defined.

Requested in regards to the journey plan, an official of one other franchise stated that chartered planes are essentially the most viable choices as regular flight schedules could or could not begin and every crew may have round 35-40 folks travelling as a unit.

“I think most teams, if not all, are already looking at hiring chartered planes. You never know if we will have regular flights operating by the end of August and most teams would wish to be in the UAE by the last week of August or at max the first week of September. So, in such a scenario, the best way is to hire chartered planes as we will all have around 35-40 people flying to UAE. The number of members obviously increases a bit when you are headed outside and have restrictions in movement in times like these,” the official pointed.

One other franchise official although begged to vary and stated that they’re nonetheless taking a look at first-class journey if flights begin working because the franchise isn’t taking a look at any grouping in India and need the assembling to occur straight within the UAE.

“To be honest, if you ask me, we as a franchise are looking at first-class travel for our players as that means better distancing. The sole reason is that we might not be assembling in India and be directly heading to UAE from each of our homes after doing necessary COVID-19-related tests. So, in such a scenario, you cannot expect the owners to pay for 8-10 chartered trips. But yes, if normal flights don’t start operating then it is a different scenario,” the official stated.

However all franchises are on the identical aircraft in the case of having international gamers head straight to UAE slightly than first assemble in India, endure quarantine formalities on this nation after which comply with the identical in UAE.

“We have been having our calls and discussions on how we are all planning the logistics and stuff and I can assure you almost all of us are of the opinion that foreign players will meet the teams directly in UAE as that makes more sense. Imagine someone first coming to India, spending 10-14 days in quarantine over here and then again heading to UAE and going through their quarantine process. The foreigners are likely to join in directly unless some franchises change any plan in the eleventh hour,” the official stated.


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