New Delhi, August 7
An “in principle” authorities approval has come for the BCCI to take the IPL to the UAE this yr and the eight franchises have began their preparations by initiating quarantine and COVID-19 testing protocols for his or her gamers and help workers.
A BCCI supply mentioned that the permission in writing was resulting from come any time within the subsequent few days.
“We have got the approval in principle to go ahead and the papers will be landing anytime,” mentioned a high supply.
Most of the franchises will likely be leaving base after August 20 mandated by the BCCI. The Chennai Super Kings are set to depart on August 22.
The Mumbai Indians, however, has quarantined its Indian gamers at its base.
Some franchises are arranging COVID-19 assessments for his or her gamers of their respective cities earlier than heading for departure bases (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru) for the UAE.
“It’s always good if they have a PCR-Test done and land with a negative report. Then they can have two tests done 24 hours apart as the BCCI SOP mentions before we fly to the UAE,” a senior franchise official mentioned on circumstances of anonymity.
“While two tests are mandatory, most franchises will have at least four tests done before leaving India,” the official added.
The gamers and help workers have been allowed to take their households alongside on the situation that each one of them stay within the bio-bubble. However, it’s learnt that gamers throughout groups will not be too eager because of the strict quarantine protocols.
“I have a five-year-old and I can’t risk travelling with my family in this situation, health safety is paramount,” mentioned a senior participant.
As far as lodging is worried, one franchise is aiming to ebook a resort. Another would possibly lease out a sprawling property in Abu Dhabi with each workers, from safety to chef, employed by them.
There is one other franchise which is reserving a lodge in Abu Dhabi because it considers it the group’s fortunate base from the 2014 version.
While the squad power, when it comes to gamers, is restricted to 24, the BCCI has not put a cap on help workers.
A few franchises will likely be taking as much as 60 individuals, together with full-fledged medical groups for every day well being check-ups and the mandated COVID-19 testing of gamers each fifth day.
“The BCCI has called for every fifth day testing in UAE but if franchises want, they can ramp up the rate. As we have said earlier, any upgrade on the SOP is welcome. However, there is very less chance of the quarantine period getting reduced (from the mandatory six days),” mentioned a senior BCCI official. PTI