New Delhi, August 10
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has obtained the central authorities’s formal approval to conduct this yr’s Indian Premier League within the UAE, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel revealed as we speak.
The IPL boss additionally stated that BCCI, in all chance, will announce the match’s new title sponsors by August 18. There can be a seven-day window for firms to submit the bid.
The IPL can be held within the UAE from September 19 to November 10 in three cities — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The authorities had final week given an “in principle” go-ahead to the BCCI to shift the marquee league to the UAE resulting from rising instances of Covid-19 within the nation.
“Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel instructed PTI when requested whether or not the permission has are available in writing from each the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs.
“Once we had the verbal okay from the government, we had intimated the Emirates Cricket Board. Now we have the papers also, so franchises can be intimated that everything is in order,” a veteran BCCI official instructed PTI on situations of anonymity.
Most of the franchises can be flying out after August 20 after two necessary RT-PCR (Covid-19 assessments) carried out inside 24 hours from their departure base. Chennai Super Kings gamers and workers, who’re leaving on August 22, could have a small camp on the Chepauk on the insistence of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
‘Lot of interest’ for sponsorship rights
The BCCI can also be going through issues on the sponsorship entrance after calling off the title cope with Chinese cell phone firm Vivo for the present yr resulting from huge public outrage over the Sino-India border stand-off.
It was a Rs 440 crore deal and because the BCCI seems to be at potential sponsors, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has proven curiosity in turning into the brand new title sponsor.
Patel, nonetheless, expressed confidence that loads of firms are inquisitive about turning into IPL sponsors.
“It is not a setback (Vivo pulling out), there is already a lot of interest (for title rights). Whether an Indian company or from anywhere else, whoever bids the most gets the rights. We will finalise the whole process by August 18,” Patel stated. — PTI