New Delhi, September 1
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 Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The world’s wealthiest cricket board is at the moment in talks with the governments of the emirates, desperately in search of concessions.
And due to the COVID-related issues in organising the 13th version of the IPL, the BCCI has not solely 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 level is that if the BCCI has to cancel the IPL they should cancel it right now. They cannot cancel it after 15 days. The franchises are right here within the UAE and have spent a lot cash on their groups. Also, when we’ve referred to as our gamers for the IPL, we should pay them as nicely,” the franchise official knowledgeable.
“In the occasion of a cancellation, we won’t inform the gamers that because you did not play matches we would not pay you. All that should be considered. Presently, BCCI officers are speaking to the native governments of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah,” he mentioned.
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.
Another supply mentioned if one was going from Dubai to Abu Dhabi COVID-testing was finished on the border and it takes as much as two-and-a-half hours. Alternately, one has to provide a certificates of a destructive results of a take a look at finished 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.
At the identical time, all franchises have turn out to be further cautious after 13 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) members, together with two gamers, examined COVID-19 constructive within the UAE. Players and training workers come out of their resort rooms just for observe/coaching/yoga periods and for some leisure actions that just a few franchises, like Mumbai Indians, have created. But breakfast, lunch and dinner are being served of their rooms. All that’s being finished 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,” mentioned a franchise official.
Abu Dhabi has the strictest protocols of the three emirates the place the IPL is to be performed. It has just about sealed all its entry-exit factors, and is permitting folks to enter solely after they furnish proof of their destructive COVID-19 take a look at outcomes.
The opening match of the IPL, between champions Mumbai Indians and runners-up CSK, is anticipated 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 modifications 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, as a result of pandemic, to cowl the matches. Meanwhile, one one who would have been a part of STAR’s manufacturing crew has examined constructive in India and has been grounded.
All in all, the scenario on all fronts is fluid, and everyone seems to be maintaining his fingers crossed. IANS