IPL franchises await answers as Governing Council prepares for marathon | Cricket News
MUMBAI: from the creation of a list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to the identification of an isolation center in the United Arab Emirates, the planning of a series of flights from India to the reservation of nearly 60,000 room nights and the preparation of the strictest regulations for the violation of a safe bio-bubble to coordinate between about 1200 people – the IPL Governing Council He has been busy writing a checklist like never before.
Members of the governing council will meet on Sunday afternoon. It’s been a long time ago, and with franchises and other stakeholders waiting to hear more, the meeting can be expected to turn into a marathon as BCCI President Sourav Ganguly joins GC members as a special guest.
The protocol to be adopted is likely to be described in phases. The first phase will be when IPL and BCCI officials, including those representing the IMG, will land in the UAE before the others as part of the synchronization with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the Dubai Sports Council which has already started.
Phase 2 will begin with franchises and players will fly to the UAE, quarantine for one week, two Covid tests will be administered within 48 hours, and isolation will be observed in the strictest terms. Members of the cricket player family will also be able to fly and it will be a franchise decision as long as the bubble is not violated.
The end of the quarantine will give way to practice for the broadcasters and central sponsors to reach the UAE and begin the finals, the tournament itself.
The GC meeting will also include discussions on possible renegotiations with the core sponsorship group following a restricted IPL at a different destination. “You can expect BCCI not to give up an inch,” say those in the know.
As reported by TOI, the evening matches will start at 7:30 pm IST and the final will be played on November 10. When it comes to allowing spectators to enter stadiums in the UAE, the BCCI is strictly against the idea and the franchises have agreed to bear the loss of money at the door, grateful that the tournament is taking place. .